Saturday, January 08, 2005
I am beginning to agree with the point of view that Mendelssohn was an important intellectual forerunner of reform Judaism. Although he personally believed in the divine revelation of the Jewish Rituals and Ceremonies, he believed that following them was a matter of personal conscience. He personally believed, but his philosophy enabled others to make the kinds of changes to be mad by Reform Judaism. His primary point was that observance was a matted of personal conscience rather than community obligation. He personally believed but it was OK if others believed less.