Notes from Foundations of Judaism

Hazzan Holzer often teaches units of our Foundations of Judaism course that span Jewish history, egalitarianism, the Holocaust, Israel, and more. See below for some highlights.

A note about the movements of Judaism.

Orthodox Judaism holds by a strict interpretation of halakha (Jewish law). Conservative Judaism, on the other hand, is defined as a balance of traditional Jewish law and progressive understanding. A second layer that distinguishes it from Orthodoxy is egalitarian worship and inclusion of women in all ritual aspects of the service. Reform Judaism tends to be the more progressive movement as it also acknowledges the diversity of Reform Jewish beliefs and practices. Again this is in print and not necessarily in practice. There are Jewish individuals who hold more liberal and progressive beliefs (or vice-versa) than the direct interpretations of their rabbis.

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