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Question 18.3.4:
Reform's Position On...What is unacceptable practice?


As one might imagine, the emphasis on freedom and autonomy in Reform Judaism could lead one to an "anything goes" position. However, anything doesn't go. The Reform Responsa literature is full of examples of unacceptable practice/practices; here are a few:

However, just because an individual does something unacceptable or holds a belief different than the movement's recommendation does not, a priori, make them no longer a Reform Jew. As Rabbi Plaut wrote "Persons of varying shadings of belief or unbelief, practice or non-practice, may belong to UAHC congregations as individuals."

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