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The Meaning of Jewish History

Video: Rabbi Sherwin Wine, founder of Humanistic Judaism, discusses the meaning of Jewish history, God, and mankind’s responsibility in “moral” and “immoral” decisions. This response represents the proto- Humanistic Jewish answer to the meaning of Jewish history. That history does not show that the universe is ruled by an omnipotent and benevolent God, but rather that there is no conscious moral design of the universe. The only moral agenda is the Human one; only we can create a moral order in the world.

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Note on sources: The Jewish Humanist  was the monthly newsletter of The Birmingham Temple. The periodical Humanistic Judaism was the quarterly journal of the Society for Humanistic Judaism. The Center for New Thinking was Wine’s adult learning program beyond Humanistic Judaism. Selections from Wine’s books are appropriately cited.
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