Reform Responsa for Our Time

Originally published in 1977, this back-in-print classic offers a historic look at the concerns of an earlier generation. The questions and answers in this book deal with issues of Jewish ritual observance, holidays, life cycle events, synagogue life, birth, death, medical ethics, abortion, and much more. Though some issues are dated, this volume offers timeless wisdom and unique insights into Jewish thought

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Reform Responsa for Our Time