Educated Choice Through Knowledge

The first presentation in the 2018 Enrichment Series at Mount St. Benedict Monastery drew a group of people interested in hearing about “Judaism: A modern look at an ancient faith.” In her presentation, Rabbi Emily Losben-Ostrov, spiritual leader of Temple Anshe Hesed in Erie, explained how Judaism is an ever-evolving set of practices meant to be explored anew in each generation and showed a timeline development of how Reformed Judaism, the most liberal type of Judaism developed. “We have been reforming since the very beginning,” explained Rabbi Losben-Ostrov. “We are educated through knowledge. Making educated choices through knowledge is at the heart of reformation.”

“Rabbi Emily’s explanation that Reform Judaism is known for opening its doors to those who might otherwise have felt unwelcome in a Jewish context particularly resonated with me,” shared Sister Anne Wambach, prioress. “It is not unlike the Benedictine charism of hospitality that we practice. We are all made stronger by understanding the things that unite us. In the end, as Rabbi Emily said, ‘All of our religions help us live the best life possible.’”