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The Reform Responsa of Rabbi Solomon Freehof

Posted February 6, 2007

Solomon Freehof created the genre or responsa literature within the Reform movement. Raised in an Orthodox family in Baltimore,he studied at Hebrew Union College and served as a Reform rabbi in Chicago and Pittsburgh for almost 50 years. He authored eight volumes of Reform Responsa. His responsa are written in the traditional rabbinic style complete with scholarly traditional sources. However, he believed that halakhah was merely a guide and not the sole decisor of practice among Reform Jews. He felt that that community's interest must be taken intoaccount when deciding issue of practice and ritual. Freehof died in 1990 at the age of 98 but his responsa remain an important part of the Reform movement to this day.
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