January 29, 2013

Is There Room for Secular Jews?

Adam Chandler, Tablet Magazine

One of the more bizarre pieces of writing I’ve read in a while came courtesy of Rabbi Eric H. Yoffie–the H here is for haughty–who recently penned an editorial in the Huffington Post titled: “The Self-Delusion of Secular Jews.”

The author is the President Emeritus of the Union for Reform Judaism, which seems like a strange perch from which to be firing upon other Jews. After deigning to call the secular or cultural Jews he means to convince “good, serious, and thoughtful people,” Yoffie accuses them of struggling “with big religious questions in a way that makes no sense.” He writes:

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