Reform Judaism As Liberal And Progressive Judaism

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Reform Judaism also known as Liberal and Progressive Judaism is the large institutionalized religion that I chose. The locations that Reform Judaism is practiced in are 43 countries around the world and started in the Levant. They also have a headquarters in New York City, New York the Union for Reform Judaism, Central Conference of American Rabbis. “Reform Judaism emerged following the emancipation from ghetto life in the late 18 th century. It sought to modernize Judaism and thus stem the tide of assimilation threatening German Jewry” (Jews for Jesus). Abraham Geiger is considered to be the founder of the Reform movement. While he was investigating Jewish history he discovered that many of the old practices were changed in favor of new ones. Geiger also felt that the more changes that are made to keep up with the times will make Judaism attractive to all Jews. Olmec Religion was the small traditional religion that I chose. The location that the Olmec Religion was practiced in the Gulf of Mexico which is now the states of Tabasco and Veracruz, but their influence spread to as far as present day Nicaragua. Since the Olmec civilization was so long ago lasting between 1200 B.C. to 400 B.C. there is not much information on how the religion started but this was the first major Mesoamerican culture. Researchers have discovered “The Olmec practiced shamanism. They believed each individual has an animal spirit. Olmec religion centered around the Shaman. The feared and revered…
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