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Secular Judaism

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...

The Four Children Of American Judaism

Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg | Posted 05.25.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg

The four children of Passover -- the wise child, the wicked child, the simple child and the one who does not know how to ask -- get a lot of play this time of year. They're profound blueprints for the spiritual journey. In fact, they could be understood as stages in the religious growth of many American Jews.

The Failure of Liberal Theological Imagination

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 04.05.2013 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

Religious traditions change radically across time and space. Let Orthodox theology worship the idol of godly and cultural immutability. Modernist theology demands a more sophisticated engagement.

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.

What Does It Mean To Be A Secular Jew?

Jacques Berlinerblau | Posted 09.05.2012 | Religion
Jacques Berlinerblau

According to an important 2001 survey, 44 percent of American Jews by religion claimed to be "secular," or "somewhat secular." Having studied the phenomenon for years, let me propose a good way to figure this all out.

The Wandering Jewish Artist: A Portrait Of Moshe Givati

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 08.14.2012 | Religion
Shira Hirschman Weiss

Givati's last few months could be characterized by the vibrantly colorful paintings he stayed up nights to create, each displaying symbolic images reflecting the inner workings of a troubled mind.