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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 […]

Humanistic Judaism and Tradition

Tradition and Humanistic Judaism – How Do They Mix?  Autumn 1987 For many Jews, Judaism is identified with the literature of the Bible, the Talmud, and the Siddur. This literature is often called “the tradition” and has served as the ideological basis for Orthodoxy for over fifteen hundred years. Can these books, which are so […]

The Rabbi Writes – Book Fair 1997

The Jewish Humanist, May_June 1997, Vol. XXXIII, Number 10 Andre Aciman.  Norman Cantor.  Sonya Friedman.  Three good reasons for coming to the first Birmingham Temple Book Fair.  They will be speaking.    A new special weekend experience is on the Temple and community calendar.  A spring book fair will debut in the very same place where our […]

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 […]