The Major Streams of Judaism
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customs. The terms Jews and Judaism refers to the religion, the
culture, and/or the people. Judaism is both a worldview and a way of
life, and the Torah is its primary source.
The three major religious movements in Judaism are: Orthodox
Judaism, Conservative (Masorti) Judaism, and
Reform/Liberal/Progressive Judaism. Reconstructionist Judaism, a
fourth movement that is substantially smaller than the other three,
has immerged in the United States in the second half of the 20th
As recently as 200 years ago, orthodox Judaism, which adheres to the
traditions and rules practiced for thousands of years, was the only
form of religious Judaism.
The Conservative movement, formally organized as the United
Synagogue of Conservative Judaism in by Dr. Solomon Schechter in
1913, though its establishment dates back to the Jewish Theological
Seminary of America in the 1880s, believes that the traditional laws
may be changed to suit the times.
The Reform/Liberal/Progressive movements, which originated in
Europe, believe that individuals can choose and pick the laws,
traditions, and customs they wish to follow.
Read more about the different
denominations by clicking below.