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מסורת של התחדשות יהודית

The Platform of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism

Basis

Judaism is the special path of the Jewish People, shaped and formed through the life of the nation from its beginnings to the present day. On the bases of the People's faith in its God and in the Covenant between them, Judaism grew and developed through its continual grappling with these bases. In the past few generations, however, the gap between the Torah and contemporary Jewish life has grown; the need to bridge the gap between tradition and modernity has become more severe since the renewal of our Independence, the return to Zion and the Ingathering of the Exiles, and the changes in social understanding and the development of science and technology. The response to this need is the task of the Movement for Progressive Judaism. The right of existence of the State of Israel is in its Jewish content, and this uniqueness must be expressed in the State's ways. The renewal of Jewish heritage and its adoption will give a spiritual boost to the Jewish People in its Homeland, the moral strength and social unity that are needed in order to deal with the challenges facing us at home and abroad.

Aims

The Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism (IMPJ) aims to strengthen the connection of our People and its loyalty to Jewish heritage, and to reform the State of Israel according to the principles of the individual and social morality of Judaism.

The IMPJ seeks to nurture a Jewish way of life in the Jewish society of the State of Israel, as well as a love of Israel and the creation of a culture that rests on Jewish sources.

Areas of activity

To achieve these aims, the IMPJ emphasizes in its actions that the meaning of Judaism should not be reduced to matters of ritual and personal status, but rather that the acceptance of religious commandments falls both on relations between people and God, and between people in society.

The IMPJ determines that the suitable observance of religious law is through intention, in other words: through study, understanding and identification, and not through the blind acceptance of 'sages' and 'wise men'. From this view, and from our aspiration to renew the old and sanctify the new, we are committed to a dynamic approach towards the religious commandments, according to the following criteria:

  1. The logic of the religious laws and their development through the generations.
  2. The ability of the individual to sanctify life through the laws.
  3. The ability of the individual to fulfill these laws in light of restrictions of time and place.
  4. The responsibility towards the Jewish People.
  5. The absence of contradiction between these laws and moral conscience.

The IMPJ sees special importance in the renewal of those laws dealing with interpersonal relations, in their development and formulation, emphasizing their religious meaning for the individual and the public. This importance derives from the complexity of interpersonal relations in modern society, and also from the special needs of Israeli society: problems of the social gap, the ingathering of the exiles, the absorption of new immigration, and the existence of a large non-Jewish minority within the State.

The IMPJ in Israeli State and Society

The Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism welcomes every Jew who identifies with its aims and actions.

The IMPJ is interested in cooperation with other bodies and groups, working in Israel in the spirit of its aims.

The IMPJ is a public, non-party-political organization. However, it will not hesitate to make a stand when required by its principles, as stated in this platform.

The IMPJ will fight for the full recognition of the rights of its Rabbis and congregational communities, from a view that pluralism is a legitimate part of Judaism, and that a debate in the name of the Heavens is a positive development, since these and these are the words of the living God.