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yesspam's Avatar Jump to comment 51 by yesspam

Ref Comment 40.

You can actually 'convert' to Humanistic Judaism, and become Jewish without having to accept the religious aspects of Judaism. Only some branches of Judaism will accept HJ's as Jewish, but it is possible to do this. Humanistic Jews may or may not believe in God, it is just something that they do not discuss in their ceremonies. HJ's affirm that

...A Jew is someone who identifies with the history, culture and future of the Jewish people.

...Jewish identity is best preserved in a free, pluralistic environment

...Jewish history is a human saga, a testament to the significance of human power and human responsibility.

..Judaism is the historic culture of the Jewish people.

...We possess the power and responsibility to shape our own lives independent of supernatural authority.

...Ethics and morality should serve human needs.

...The freedom and dignity of the Jewish people must go hand in hand with the freedom and dignity of every human being.

This all sounds pretty sensible to me.

Mon, 10 Jan 2011 22:02:49 UTC | #576295

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Original article

http://www.haaretz.com/news/national/top-rabbis-move-to-forbid-renting-homes-to-arabs-say-racism-originated-in-the-torah-1.329327

And a follow up article by the Rabbis' wives asking Jewish women not to 'fraternize' with 'Arabs.'

http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4005896,00.html

Mon, 10 Jan 2011 21:49:41 UTC | #576287

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At http://failedmessiah.typepad.com/failed_messiahcom/2010/03/the-catholic-church-haredim-and-child-sexual-abuse-789.html

An excellent article on how 'Secrecy, fear of public scandal and a closed hierarchal structure are the main factors that allow child sex abuse to occur both in the Catholic Church and the much smaller Orthodox Jewish world.'

Sun, 28 Mar 2010 08:20:00 UTC | #453255

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Unfortunately the RC church are not the only religious organisation that take claims of child abuse too lightly. Check out www.failedmessiah.com for regular updates on some of the claims made against Orthodox Rabbis for child abuse. In these extreme branches of Judaism, efforts are made at cover up, and pressure is put on the victims not to testify to what has happened to them.

Thu, 25 Mar 2010 21:01:00 UTC | #452275

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Where did Jesus get the fare?

Sat, 01 Nov 2008 04:22:00 UTC | #262344

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