November 30, 2011

Is Judaism a Religion?

Lawrence Grossman, Jewish Ideas Daily

There is no end to the conundrums involved in defining what it means to be a Jew.  Must a Jew be someone who believes in the Jewish religion, in the way a Christian believes in Christianity or a Muslim in Islam?  That can't be the case, since many devoted Jews are atheists.  Is a Jew necessarily someone who acknowledges membership in a Jewish ethnic group, people, or nation?  That definition would exclude people who believe in Judaism but feel little kinship with other believers, and it would read out Jews who are anti-Zionist.  Should "Jewish" be seen as a cultural identity?  If so, it would cover people who are stirred to their souls by Fiddler on the Roof, live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, enjoy Jewish food, appreciate Jewish...

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May 11, 2012
The Case of American Religious Zionism
Alex Joffe, Jewish Ideas Daily
Few things divide and provoke American Jews like the question of Zionism.  Though many wish to remember otherwise, this was also the case before the founding of Israel in 1948; and, though many wish to forget, the story of... more ››
May 15, 2012
Not Your Average Kosher Protest
Josh Nathan-Kazis, Jewish Forward
An upcoming ultra-Orthodox mega-rally in New York about the dangers posed by the Internet has a promotional Twitter account.The event’s box office has an email address. Speeches will be live streamed. And one of the... more ››
May 10, 2012
Where the Wild Things Aren't Just Jewish
Jodi Eichler-Levine, RD
“We were the ‘chosen people,’ chosen to be killed?” Maurice Sendak told the New York Times in 2008. Chosen to be killed. This criticism encapsulates Sendak’s post-Holocaust milieu and exemplifies his darkly... more ››
May 9, 2012
A Black Jewish Irish Jig Champion
Renee Ghert-Zand, Jewish DF
Drew Lovejoy proves that you don’t need to be Irish to excel at Irish dancing. Lovejoy, a 17-year-old American biracial Jew, recently won his third consecutive All Irish Dance Championship, the oldest competition in the... more ››