Category Archives: Humanistic Judaism journal

And You – Yom Kippur Memorial 5777

This post was originally delivered as a Yom Kippur sermon at Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in 2016/5777 as part of a series entitled “This We Believe.” You can hear audio of the sermon through the Kol Hadash Podcast. No one ever said … Continue reading

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The Challenge and Promise of Secular Jewish Education

This post was originally delivered at a 2011 conference at the National Museum of American Jewish History organized by the Jewish Children’s Folkshul to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the first Secular Jewish school. It later appeared in the journal Humanistic Judaism (Autumn … Continue reading

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Judaism for Humanistic Jews

This post was originally a 2004 High Holiday sermon at Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation. It also appeared as an article in the journal Humanistic Judaism and is reprinted with permission.  In the traditional Jewish narrative, Moses came down from Mount Sinai with … Continue reading

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History and Future of Secular Government

This review of How to Be Secular: A Call to Arms for Religious Freedom by Jacques Berlinerblau appeared in Humanistic Judaism (Vol. XLII no. 2, Winter/Spring 2014) and is reprinted with permission.             During the past several years, advocates of public vouchers … Continue reading

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Food is as Jewish as Fasting

A version of this article appeared in the journal Humanistic Judaism, Summer/Autumn 2013. It is reprinted here with permission. What is the stereotypical theme of every Jewish holiday? “They tried to kill us, they failed, let’s eat.” Why should the eating be any … Continue reading

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Are There Jewish Values?

A version of this article appeared in the journal Humanistic Judaism, Winter/Spring 2009. It is reprinted here with permission. We would certainly like there to be “Jewish values.” It is rare to read any description of Jewish identity from any conventional … Continue reading

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Shavuot – A Harvest of Words and Ideas

Some of this blog post is reprinted from the Society for Humanistic Judaism‘s journal Humanistic Judaism (Spring/Summer 2011) with permission. Shavuot (“weeks”) was originally the second of three harvest festivals, celebrating the first fruits of spring planting 50 days after Passover. Rabbinic Judaism added to … Continue reading

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