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Cultural Jews

Can Jews Reclaim Passover as a Cultural, Non-Religious Holiday?

Ted Merwin | Posted 04.19.2016 | Religion
Ted Merwin

Although he didn't believe in God, belong to a synagogue or celebrate the Sabbath, when the full moon rose in the sky around the time of the vernal eq...

Jaweed Kaleem

What Makes A Jew? New Survey Reveals Complicated Answer

HuffingtonPost.com | Jaweed Kaleem | Posted 10.01.2013 | Religion

What does it mean to be Jewish? Is it a person's ethnicity, a culture or religion -- or a mix of the three? And how does one practice being a Jew? ...

Let Secular Jews Be Secular Jews

Leonard Fein | Posted 03.30.2013 | Religion
Leonard Fein

Rabbi Eric Yoffie, President Emeritus of the Union for Reform Judaism, sketches a caricature of a straw man -- the secular or cultural Jew -- and then sets out to demolish it. We object both to the sketch and to the demolition.

The Self-Delusions Of Secular Jews

Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie | Posted 03.17.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie

These are good, serious and thoughtful people, usually deeply committed to Judaism, who struggle with big religious questions in a way that makes no sense. They may think that they can wring the holiness out of their Jewish identity and practice, but they cannot.