Religion: 50 Years After

We consider ourselves no longer a nation but a religious community, and therefore expect neither a return to Palestine, nor a sacrificial worship under the administration of the Sons of Aaron, nor the restoration of any of the laws concerning the Jewish State.

That was how some U. S. rabbis felt in 1885, before political Zionism was more than a dream in Jewish hearts. The rabbis were Reformed Jews, in the vanguard of the movement in the U. S. They met in Pittsburgh, drew up a "Platform" as a guide for Reformed Judaism,...

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