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Rabbi Jack Bemporad
Reform Judaism is the last and most radical of
all reform movements in Judaism with the possible
exception of Zionism, and even Zionism would have
been impossible without Reform Judaism
Throughout Jewish history there have been numerous
reform indeed revolutionary movements beginning
with the great Prophets of the eighth century.
Then ensued the canonization of the Book of Deuteronomy.
This reform made the legal code of the book of
Deuteronomy normative and it replaced Prophetic
authority. Next came Priestly Judaism with the
authority of Aaron as the high priest. The Pharisaic
revolution followed which rejected Priestly authority
and replaced it with the authority of the Rabbis.
There were two reforms or modifications of Rabbinic
Judaism with its insistence on the written and
the oral Torah. The first was Philosophical Judaism
and the second Mystical Judaism. Both forms of
Judaism rejected the centrality of Jewish Law
and replaced it with Philosophical or mystical
understanding These forms of Judaism did not do
away with Halachah or Jewish law since the societies
of which they were a part functioned according
to the Halachah.
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