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Letting go of Israel, or The Self-Loathing Jew

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Am I Still Jewish?

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Comment by Leila Cook on November 6, 2012 at 9:08am

So glad I found this group!  I am just finishing up my adoption to Humanistic Judaism.  We do not have a bricks and mortar community so I am ecstatic to find an active group online.  

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 6, 2012 at 8:30am

Relevant to today's U.S. election:

Romney: "The war that's coming to kill all the Jews – our church believes that." (Tikkun Daily; also on Alternet)

The question that’s being raised now ... is: does Romney himself really believe this? Does he somehow revel in a “war that’s coming in to kill all the Jews,” or see it as inevitable?[...]

... Equally as pertinent to what Romney himself believes is what he thinks his base believes, and to what extent, as president, he’d be worrying about placating them.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 6, 2012 at 8:21am

On "doing Judaism to avoid feeling guilty": a compelling counterexample is one of my sweeties, who's a third-generation atheist with no family connection to Judaism, and who, many years before we met, became a Humanistic Jew by choice.

She was attracted to Judaism (without theism) because of our strong traditions of (1) investigating, questioning, and trying to think critically about everything, and (2) tikkun olam, that it's up to us to "fix the world" and make things better -- and that includes a strong commitment to civil liberties.

Judith Seid argues in God-Optional Judaism that Judaism isn't a religion (we're actually quite divided, especially within the theists!) or a narrow ethnic group: it's an extended family (which, clearly, people can adopt in to).

Natalie, I too value my heritage. It's not "better" or "worse" than other possibilities. I was lucky enough to be born to and raised by parents who would have agreed with Mordecai Kaplan that "the past should have a vote but not a veto", and who let me arrive at my own belief or nonbelief. As an adult I learned that they were both religious humanists, who valued "God" as a human creation. I'm more comfortable affirming my heritage in a godless way.

Comment by Mordekhai ben-Yosef on September 9, 2012 at 7:54pm

Oh, I've read you before! I'll check it out; got you bookmarked now. I probably lost you before I got these backup services.

My sisters and their kids, and some of my PR cousins and most of the Jewish ones know how I feel and, well, it's a love-fest. No, really.

Anyway, onwards!

Comment by Mordekhai ben-Yosef on September 9, 2012 at 7:48pm

Comment by Alan Perlman on September 9, 2012 at 7:43pm

Mordekhai,

Go to my other blog -- www.thejewishatheist.com -- and read my personal story.

My family will absolutely not discuss religion with me.

Shalom,

Alan

Comment by Mordekhai ben-Yosef on September 9, 2012 at 10:18am

OK! What's your story? Are you Jewish? In the USA?

Comment by Selina Mannion on September 9, 2012 at 10:17am

i will join you

Comment by Mordekhai ben-Yosef on September 9, 2012 at 9:16am

Knock, knock! Is anybody here? I came for company and discussion. Who will join me?

Comment by Mordekhai ben-Yosef on September 6, 2012 at 5:09pm

Stop the world. I wanna get off.

Strongly opinionated, sorely under-educated people make pronouncements: Thus and so! That is all!

I use the Jewish definition of matriarchal descent. It's practical. And god didn't tell us to do it this way.

 

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