One of the youngest head rabbis in Reform Judaism, Moffic leads Congregation Solel in Highland Park, Illinois. Of the three main branches of Judaism in the US—Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform—his takes the most progressive approach to a Torah-honoring lifestyle. Reform Jews are most open to social justice issues, interfaith families, and learning from Christianity, he said. “It is a Judaism at home in America.”
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As Moffic became involved in interfaith education and dialogue, he discovered the profound desire among Christians to explore the Jewish roots of their own faith. For many Jews, such curiosity can make them bristle, or at least feel uncomfortable; Christians have been accused of misappropriating Jewish tradition or awkwardly conflating the two faiths. But instead of backing away or becoming defensive, the young rabbi approached their curiosity as sincere. He answered Christians’ questions and did all he could to teach them more. [Read more]