Myer Stern The Rise and Progress of Reform Judaism

The Rise and Progress of Reform Judaism

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Excerpt from The Rise and Progress of Reform Judaism: Embracing a History Made From the Official Records of Temple

The Reform movement in Judaism is part of the world's history. The progress of enlightenment and civilization caught Religion on its onward march and held it fast; so that to-day, while some of the arts and sciences are at a standstill because of the lack of adequate knowledge whereby they could be made immaculate, Religion - ethereal, intangible - is still constantly striving to reach perfection. Paradoxical as this sounds, it is nevertheless true. The mind of man, ever and anon, seeks to know the infinite, and he makes Religion the bridge by which he attempts to fathom Eternity. One hundred years ago the Age of Reason -misnamed, perhaps - was born. Liberal thought took the place of bigotry and fanaticism, and "with the process of the suns" life became more endurable, and history began to chronicle heroism in which sword and spear had no place.

The Israelite - always a forerunner in matters intellectual - also stopped to breathe. With the social barriers cast down what possibilities were not his? With the political status changed what could he not accomplish in his own behalf?

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