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God and Human Knowledge

“God and Human Knowledge” from Judaism Beyond God, (1985) God was the central figure in the world of tradition. The universe was his creation. He could do with it whatever he wanted. As an all-powerful, demanding, intervening superfather, he dwarfed the rest of reality. God was part of a supernatural world of angels and demons who […]

The New Atheists

Humanistic Judaism, Autumn 2003/Winter 2004 This is the season for atheism. Three intellectuals have ridden the train of fame to the top of the bestseller list with three atheist books. Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris, and Daniel Dennett have clearly proclaimed that atheism is the only path for honest, consistent, rational thinkers. Atheists are usually more […]

Hope

Meditation Services for Humanistic Judaism (1976) We live and find it hard to live. We are consumed by anxiety and we know that nature is stingy with satisfaction. We are terrified by the limits of our wisdom and we shiver in the cold of human ignorance. Love touches us with the pleasure of fulfillment and […]

Ayfo Oree

Meditation Services for Humanistic Judaism (1976) AY-FO O-REE? O-REE BEE. AY-FO TIK-VA-TEE? TIK-VA-TEE BEE. AY-FO KO-KNEE? KO-KNEE BEE. V’-GAM BAKH. Where is my light? My light is in me. Where is my hope? My hope is in me. Where is my strength? My strength is in me. And in you.

The Fatwa Against Rushdie

The Jewish Humanist, March 1989 A brilliant and creative writer, by the name of Salman Rushdie, has been condemned to death for writing a book that his accusers have not even read. Ayatollah Khomeini has re-entered the political spotlight by ordering the execution of a secular intellectual of Muslim origin. Rushdie, an award-winning novelist of […]

Brussels 1988 – International Federation Conference

The Jewish Humanist, November 1988 Brussels 1988. An important place and time for Humanistic Judaism. The second biennial meeting of the International Federation of Secular Humanistic Jews produced an important document. The question “Who is a Jew?” was answered boldly, generously and with a unique voice. Never before had any Jewish movement drawn the parameters […]

Eight Years of The Religious Right

The Jewish Humanist, October 1988 Eight years ago Ronald Reagan was running for President for the first time. And it was quite clear that – given the difficulties of Carter – he was going to win. Eight years ago a sinister new political force presented its face to the public in the presidential campaign. The […]

Jewish Book Month 1987

The Jewish Humanist,  November 1987 November is Jewish Book Month, a time to honor the literary creativity of contemporary Jewish writers – or to honor the writing of talented non-Jews who choose to write about Jews. The best way to celebrate this special month is to read Jewish books – not just any old Jewish books, […]