Spirituality in Reform Judaism

Deane H. Shapiro, Jr.and Johanna Shapiro

The Breath (RVACH) of spirituality is blowing across Reform Judaism. Reform leaders such as Rabbis Daniel Syme and Lawrence Kushner have movingly shared their own personal search for and experience of God in recent books. Rabbi Sanford Seltzer, the Director of the Commission on Religious Living, cites research documenting the increase in rituals within Reform Judaism as a sign that spiritual life is on the rise. And Rabbi Alexander Schindler, President of VAHC, envisions the decade of the 1990’s as one of heightened spirituality within Reform Judaism, a time when ritual and contemplative prayer will become increasingly integrated into political and social action efforts to repair the world.

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