Our class on Reform Responsa has been going great, and we’ve got one more session – Thursday at 7:30 p.m. Even if you haven’t joined us, yet, you’re welcome to do so – we look at different cases each time, so you can jump in whenever you want to.
The three topics for this week (subject to change, of course) will be:
- What does Reform Judaism say about in vitro fertilization, and about the status of an embryo so created?
- Would Reform Judaism support compulsory immunization of children?
- Does Reform Judaism endorse, allow or forbid same-sex marriages?
As a prelude to the class, I want to open up a discussion on one of these. I really want to do the last one, but I’m going to avoid it, because it’s often hard to have a controlled, measured discussion about topics like that in a forum like this. So, let’s stick with immunization.
Speaking from your own perspective – is it right to compel parents to immunize their children? If you have any knowledge about this, what do you think Reform Judaism would/should say about that? And, what are the reasons behind your opinions? That’s at least as important as the opinions themselves.
Let the games begin…