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Jews Without Judaism: Conversations With an Unconventional Rabbi Paperback – April 1, 2002
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"excellent introduction to the ways in which being a Jew is readily compatible with being secular and even an atheist." -- About.com
Top Customer Reviews
He writes in the Introduction to this 2002 book, "Many Jews wonder whether they are really Jewish after all. Having been taught that being Jewish means being part of a religious community, they ask themselves if they truly qualify. Can one be Jewish without God? Without religion? Without Judaism? Such are the questions to be considered in the following pages."
Here are some quotations from the book:
"It is my contention that Judaism, the religion, came to an end two hundred years ago; that subsequent 'Judaisms' (Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist, Humanistic, and to some extent, even Orthodox) are, in fact, not religious but secularized modifications of Judaism; and that, aside from a relatively small number of sincerely committed believers and practitioners of Halachic Judaism, Jews have, in effect, said farewell to Judaism." (Pg. 13)
"My brand, as you put it, is natural spirituality, which acknowledges that we are more than our material selves. We are more than highly developed computers. We cannot be reduced to bundles of synapses and electrical charges... we may rationally believe that there is something called 'the human spirit' that is quite real, yet beyond scientific analyses." (Pg. 62)
"I am unaware of distinctive 'Jewish values.Read more ›
Helpful to rational and humanistic people, particularly those from Jewish backgrounds , or connected to them.
Contemporary world events do challenge some if his assumptions about the 21st century .
I will reread this, and recomend to others.
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In the interest of full disclosure, it should be noted that I am neither a Jew nor a Judaist, and so my interest in the topics discussed in this slender (yet surprisingly pricey)... Read morePublished on November 24, 2006 by Jason Mierek
This book speaks to profound truths about human beings and nature. Rabbi Dan Friedman, one of the first Humanistic Rabbis, certainly addresses Humanistic Judaism. Read morePublished on December 3, 2005 by Ronald B. Schwartz