Monthly Archives: March 2013

Commemorating Fiction: Passover Complications

This was originally published in the congregational newsletters of The Birmingham Temple and Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation Five hundred years ago, the meaning of the Passover holiday was relatively simple.  The family would gather to retell the Biblical story of God’s … Continue reading

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Humanistic Judaism: Basics & Intercultural/Interfaith Family Appeal

I recently gave a short presentation on Humanistic Judaism to a program of InterfaithFamily/Chicago for soon-to-be or recently married couples that I thought could be useful both as a basic explanation of Humanistic Judaism and to explain why we are a … Continue reading

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Preparing for a Humanistic Passover

If the Exodus isn’t historical, what do we do for Passover? Fortunately, you’re not on your own – there are a number of resources, haggadot and more that can make the season meaningful and memorable for Humanistic Jews (and the … Continue reading

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Being Jewish, god-optional

Title credit to Rabbi Judith Seid, author of God-Optional Judaism: Alternatives for Cultural Jews Who Love Their History, Heritage, and Community. One year ago, Moment Magazine ran a contest on “What does it mean to be Jewish without belief in God?” … Continue reading

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Our Quarterback, Our King – Two Problems with Liberal Theology

The Quarterback Deuteronomy 8:11-18: Do not forget YHWH your God, . . . .lest when you have eaten and are full, and have built goodly houses, . . . . You may say in your heart, “My power and the might … Continue reading

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Why study and teach real Jewish history?

The most satisfying part of the Humanistic rabbinate is never having to say what you do not believe, and never being afraid to know. The recent flap in the Orthodox Jewish world over honestly engaging with modern Biblical criticism simply … Continue reading

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