Progressive Judaism embraces our traditions, and works to make them meaningful parts of contemporary life. Personal responsibility, egalitarianism, community and local tradition are the hallmarks.
Ten questions and answers about South African Progressive Judaism, as described in the 1980s by the late Rabbi Dr David Sherman of Cape Town. (Note that some of these practices have since changed).
Orthodox Jews in South Africa regard Reform Judaism as 'not really Jewish'. Here's why that's not true.
Is the food the rabbis put their hechsher
stamps on to truly kosher? Can a battery chicken fed on hormones be kosher?
Our movement encourages a progressive attitude to environmental issues, and has joined an inter-faith initiative dedicated to environmental and social justice.
A third of all Jews were murdered in the dozen years that followed Hitler's rise to power in 1933 ... while the world remained largely indifferent.
Israel's independence day in May each year, Yom Ha'atzmaut, is regarded as a religious holiday by Reform Jews.
THE JEWISH FESTIVALS
The seder discussion for a progressive Jewish family should be not only about the ancient journey from slavery to liberation, but also about the personal journey of our own liberation
Pesach is a time for us to ask where we came from, where we are going, and what our life journey means
The Pesach haggadah is a multi-layered text, embracing some traditions thousands of years old -- and some very recent, writes Rabbi Greg Alexander
Two powerful feminist additions to Pesach custom, worth considering for your next seder: Miriam Cups and oranges
It is the universal message of Pesach which makes it the one festival that appeals to unobservant Jews ... and even to non-Jews
The eve of the second day of Pesach begins the "Counting of the Omer" which ends on the 50th day with Shavuoth. Rabbi Robert Jacobs explains the reasons
The Torah specifies that 50 days after Pesach, each person is to bring an offering to the Temple of the first fruits. Rabbi Robert Jacobs explains Shavuoth
Behind the dressing up and frivolity of Purim lie some serious religious obligations, including concern for the needy.
Rabbi Robert Jacobs talks about Sukkot, when the Ohel Mo'ed
, the Tent of Meeting, is dedicated.
As Rabbi Zachary Shapiro ponders a construction problem, he receives some unexpected guests ...
Once a minor festival, Chanukah has become more prominent in the modern era, when "consumerism" has tended to remake it as a Jewish counterpart to Christmas.