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The Return to Tradition

Return to Tradition, summer 1992 The return to tradition. Everybody in the Jewish world is talking about it. Secular children have become Lubavitchers. Young, liberal couples are sending their children to day schools. Reform rabbis are donning yarmulkes and waist-length tallises. Lighting Shabbat candles with the children is becoming the rage. “Benching” is again a […]

Reason and Emotion

Reason and Emotion for Humanistic Jews, Autumn 1986 Reason and emotion: Are they compati­ble? Or are they the polar opposites of the human potential? So often humanists and Humanistic Jews are accused of being coldly rational, of denying the emotional side of the human personality. Our opponents proclaim this dichotomy between the mind and the […]

Perspective: Zionism – Peoplehood, Not Religion

Humanistic Judaism, Summer, Volume 10, No. 2, 1982 There are many Jewish roots of Jewish humanism. As a non-establishment Jewish tradition, humanism has been embraced by many Jews throughout Jewish history. But not until the age of science and the secular state did Jewish humanists feel free to announce themselves publicly. In the last two […]

Humanistic Judaism – A Religion

Humanistic Judaism, Autumn/Winter, Volume 4, No. 1, 1975-76 In recent years I have encountered a persistent objection to the vocabulary of the Birmingham Temple. Many perceptive and sensitive observers have affirmed the value of the Temple philosophy and program. They readily acknowledge that the group work and fellowship are meaningful experiences. But they encounter with […]

Perspective – Leadership

Humanistic Judaism, Autumn, Volume 9, No. 3, 1981 Every community needs leaders. If the leaders must possess expert knowledge they need to be trained leaders. Humanistic Jews need leaders. They also need trained leaders. Up until now we have not dealt directly with the problem of leaders for Humanistic Judaism. We have simply taken advantage […]