…by Gilad Atzmon
Humanistic Judaism (HuJews) is the latest attempt to portray Judaism as humanist and universalist in nature. One may wonder, what is it that motivates liberal American Jews to launch this project? Is it a heartfelt acknowledgement that something is deeply wrong with their religious and cultural heritage? Is it the acceptance that something is uniquely non-ethical with the Jewish State and its devoted lobbies? Is it just another facelift to Judaism in an attempt to conceal what may seem as the Judaic non-universal supremacist inclination?
According to the HuJews website, http://www.shj.org/,
Humanistic Judaism or Secular Humanism Judaism is one of the six major branches of Judaism, along with Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, Reconstructionist and Jewish Renewal.
The site lists the principles with which most “Humanistic Jews” identify;
the use of reason and scientific inquiry for the pursuit of knowledge…
Reason and science are undoubtedly terrific, and…
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