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Tag: Secular Judaism

Do We Need Secular Mitzvot? – Parashat Behar

The mitzvot of Shemittah (the Sabbatical year) and Yovel (the Jubilee year) have undergone fascinating processes of secularization over the years. Shemittah underwent a process of new age-y individualization, and the Jubilee went through politicization. But do we really need mitzvot at all? […]

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First U.S. 'Secular Yeshiva' opens in Palo Alto

“It is important for all Jews to engage meaningfully with their Jewish identity and heritage, whether in synagogues, at the JCC, in their homes or out in the community,” Bodner said. “This program creates a new opportunity for those who might call themselves secular, unaffiliated or ‘just Jewish’ to experience deep study of our sacred texts and traditions.” […]

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Let there be no fire between us – Parashat Shemini

The sacred and the profane that are at the heart of the Parasha invite us to think carefully about what kind of responsibility is demanded of our public servants and leaders, and if this dichotomous, uncompromising approach is one that will allow us to continue to develop and grow as a democratic society. […]

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