This Is Judaism, by Ferdinand M. Isserman, and Conservative Judaism, by Robert Gordis
Pity the poor Jew who is neither Reform, Orthodox, nor Conservative. If these categories, supposedly exhaustive, do not apply to him, he is strange, unclassifiable, blameworthy. Yet his existence is not without justification. As a member of the legion of the unaffiliated—comprising most of American Jewry, incidentally—he is the customer before whom the wares of the different movements are spread out, and the excuse for the publication of other men’s rationalizations and self-appraisals. Here we have the two latest such efforts to corral the religious maverick.
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