VIEW OF
SALVATION
Repentance (belief in God's
mercy) prayer, and
obedience to
the LAW are
necessary for salvation.
Conservative Jews tend
toward the Reform view, but
include the necessity of
maintaining
Jewish identity.
Salvation is obtained
through the
betterment of
self and society
.
VIEW OF
THE LAW
The  LAW  is the essence of
Judaism.   It  is  authoritative
and  gives  structure & mean-
ing to life. The life of total
ded-ication to  *Halakhah
leads to a nearness to God.  
*
author-itative rabbinic
judgements
.
Adaptation to contemporary
situations is inevitable. The
demands of morality are
absolute. The specific
laws
are relative
.
The law is an evolving,
dynamic religious code that
adapts to every age. They
maintain, "If religious
observations clash with the
just demands of civilized
society, then they must be
dropped."
VIEW OF
MESSIAH
The Messiah is a personal,
superhuman being who is
NOT divine
.
(He will restore the Jewish
kingdom and extend His
righteous rule over the
earth. He will execute
judgement and right all
wrongs.)
Conservative Jews hold
much the same view as the
Reform.
Instead of belief in Messiah
as a person or divine being,
they favor the concept of
a
Utopian age toward which
mankind is progressing.
LIFE
AFTER
DEATH
There will be a physical
resurrection.
The righteous
will exist forever with God
in
the Garden of Eden. The
unrighteous will suffer, but
disagreement exists over
their ultimate destiny.
Conservative Jews tend
toward the Reform
influenced by Eastern
thought.
Generally, Reform Judaism
has
no concept of personal
life after death
. They say a
person lives on in the
minds of others. There is
some influence of Eastern
thought, where souls
merge into one great
impersonal life force.
SYNAGOGUE
WORSHIP
The synagogue is a house
of prayer, study and social
aspects are incidental
. All
prayers are recited in
Hebrew. Men and women
sit separately. The officiants
face the same direction as
congregates.
The synagogue is viewed
as the basic institution of
Jewish life
. Alterations
listed under Reform are
found to a lesser degree in
Conservative worship.
The synagogue is know as
a "Temple". Service has
been modernized and
abbreviated. English, as
well as Hebrew, is used.
Men and women sit
together.
Reform temples
use choirs and organs in
their worship services
.
GROUPS
Union of Orthodox Jewish
Congregations in America
(1898); National Council of
Young Israel (1912);
Rabbinical Council of
America, Inc. (1923, reorg.
1936); Yavneh, National
Religious Jewish Students
Association. (1960)
Rabbinical Assembly
(1900) United Synagogue of
America. (1913)
Union of American Hebrew
Congregations (1873);
Central Conference of
American Rabbis . (1889)
SCHOOLS
Yeshiva University of New
York City
Jewish Theological
Seminary of America of
New York City; University of
Judaism (Los Angeles).
Schools - Hebrew Union
College - Jewish Institute of
Religion; campuses in
Cincinnati, New York, LA.
BOOKS
A. Cohen, Everyman's
Talmud
(1932); S,
Schechter, "
Some Aspects
of Rabbinic Theology
".
(1936)
Conservative
Judaism
(1945); Mordecal
Waxman (editor)
Tradition
and Change
(1958); Robert
Gordis, M. Skiare,
Conservative Judaism.
(1965)
S. B. Freehof, Reform
Jewish Practice and its
Rabbinic Background
(1963); J. Wolf (editor),
Rediscovering Judaism.
(1965)
*JEWISH VIEWPOINTS - NEWS from ISRAEL, 12/97 - pgs. 14-17 (Midnight Call) - Original Source: Jews For Jesus

"American Renewal" & "Reconstructionism" movements are both so debauchee, even from Reform, as to be represented in this rewiew.
                                                                                                                                                                                                
The Table below is a faithful verbatim reproduction of a lead article appearing in  NEWS  FROM  ISRAEL, (Midnight Call
Ministries, SC) - December 1977,  pages 14-17,  entitled
Jewish Viewpoints [Original source: Jews For Jesus].    The
purpose of this expanded model on contemporary Jewish belief positions is not for a doctrinal trilogy per se, rather as
working source material for evangelical witnessing and understanding of  "the three main streams of Jewish religious
thought and how they differ"*.   The ever expanding inter- national importance of
Israel,   the coming Restoration of the
Jewish Nation,  
and fulfillment of Prophecy for the  Jewish people  must be recognized,  understood  and  assimilated
into any  
Christian  Eschatology, in order to have a  'full  and  complete'  revelation of  His Coming.   Sadly,  the at-large  
Christian church has been sorely remiss in teaching much about
our Jewish heritage through Christ, and seldom if ever
teaches about contemporary Jewish
faith and practices, in part or whole.
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