Humanistic Judaism publications – a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt
An interesting article in the Washington Post by Herb Silverman, a Jewish atheist can be read here
There is also a link to Herb Silverman’s well reviewed book – Candidate without a Prayer: an Autobiography of a Jewish Atheist in the Bible Belt, available as a hardback or on Kindle at Amazon here
humanistic judaism and circumcision
The recent German Court case which initially ruled against circumcision has created a good deal of debate.
Whilst humanistic jews do not advocate the banning of the practice (if carried out under full medical supervision) they are in favour of baby naming ceremonies to celebrate the birth of a boy or girl, irrespective of whether a circumcision is carried out on the baby boy.
A detailed, although not independent, analysis of the debate from a humanistic jewish perspective is set out in this article published on the Intact website, with further reading resources therein.
Philosopher Alain de Botton argues that atheists can learn from the wisdom of religion
In this podcast from the Tablet online magazine, titled ‘In Religion for Atheists‘, philosopher Alain de Botton urges nonbelievers to pick and choose religions’ best offerings
Please listen to the podcast here.
Shavuot in the 21st Century
Please read the following post in the Huffington Post by Rabbi Laura Baum of Congragation Beth Adam (and www.ourjewishcommunity.org) in which she sets out with clarity her view of the role of Shavuot to Jewry in the 21st Century.
Rabbi Laura Baum – Why I’m skippping Shavuot
new regional contacts for Humanistic Judaism UK
At the inaugural meeting of HJUK in October, it was agreed that we needed to offer contact points across the UK for new and existing subscribers so that it would be easier for small local groups to build up under the umbrella of HJUK itself.
As a result a new regional contacts page has been set up for direct contact to a number of our representatives and our student representative.
We evidently do not cover all the major areas in the UK and we will be happy to add other subscribers as regional contacts in other parts of the UK, where appropriate.
Information about InTheMoment blog
A recent article on the InTheMoment blog here is quite relevant to humanistic jews wherever they are based in the world.
Notwithstanding the article, InTheMoment appears a fun and intelligent forum for independent jewish thoughts and opinions.
To quote, it’s about page directly:
IntheMoment is Moment Magazine‘s official blog.
We enjoy moonlit walks on the beach, romantic dinners and a sense of humor.
We also enjoy looking at wordly topics through a journalistic, independent Jewish lens. Whether talking about geopolitical trends, Israeli culture and politics, American Jewish experience, the Jewish religion itself or the antics of Sarah Silverman, our writers approach their subjects with an open and ever-inquiring perspective.
The best way to enjoy IntheMoment:
Read the posts
Comment on anything you want and partake in the discussions
It’s really that easy.
A link to the site has now been added to our Resources.
The inaugural meeting of subscribers to Humanistic Judaism UK will be held in Central London on Sunday 16th October 2011.
For further information please contact us directly.
All interested parties are very welcome.
New study into Jewish secular life.
It is worth reading an article at JTA.org by Sue Fishkoff with a number of diffferent points of view given by several interviewees. There are also details of a new study sponsored by an anonymous donor into finding out just how many non-believing Jews are out there seeking a way into spiritual life, and what the Jewish community should, or should not do, to accommodate them.
Please read the article here. Although the study is US based it could equally relate to many in the UK, so please feel free to comment with your views.