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Secular 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? ...

WATCH: Jewish Women Band Together To Fight Discrimination From Ultra-Orthodox Community

Huffington Post | Posted 08.08.2013 | Religion

As tension rises between the modern-Orthodox and ultra-Orthodox Jewish communities in Israel, women are speaking out. Having just written "The Feminis...

Why Did I Become A Rabbi?

Rabbi Evan Moffic | Posted 08.08.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Evan Moffic

American Jews have the highest proportion of college-educated adults in America. The assumption of many parents is that their child will enter the legal, financial or medical profession. Entering the clergy deviates from this pattern. A rabbi is simply not a popular job for American Jewish boy.

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.

Israelis, Resentful Of Orthodox Grip On Society, Fight Back

Posted 12.07.2011 | Religion

By Michele Chabin Religion News Service JERUSALEM (RNS) With its department-store-sized windows, the Kolben Dance Company's studio faces a busy do...