From Demonic Deviant to Drowning Brother: Reform Judaism in the Eyes of American Orthodoxy

  title={From Demonic Deviant to Drowning Brother: Reform Judaism in the Eyes of American Orthodoxy},
  author={Adam S Ferziger},
  journal={Jewish Social Studies},
  pages={56 - 88}
Over the past two centuries, Orthodox Judaism's attitude toward the Reform movement has been dominated by animosity and polemical efforts at delegitimization and demonization. In particular because of the Reform sanction of patrilineal descent as a basis for Jewish identity, the early 1980s was a period of acute tensions. Various Orthodox parties gave the impression that they were on the verge of completely cutting themselves off from their Reform contemporaries. This article demonstrates that… 
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