Can Modern Judaism Be Rational?

On Monday, February 22, 2016, Dr. Allan Arkush spoke at our most recent APJ program which was attended by Rabbis from the tri-state area.

– Rabbi Jonathan Woll –

Prof. Alan Arkush addressed the question Can Modern Judaism Be Rational? at APJ’s February 22nd meeting at NYC’s Temple Israel. Dr. Arkush is a Professor of Modern Jewish […]

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Rabbi Jonathan Woll on Dr. Arkush Program

By Rabbi Jonathan Woll

Prof. Alan Arkush addressed the question Can Modern Judaism Be Rational? at APJ’s February 22nd meeting at NYC’s Temple Israel. Dr. Arkush is a Professor of Modern Jewish Intellectual History at Binghamton – SUNY and a Senior Contributing Editor of the Jewish Review.

 
 

Prof. Arkush discussed the “Thomas Jefferson” of his age, […]

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Did Mendelssohn Offer the Salvation of Progressive Jews?

– Rabbi Michael Shevack –

Beyond ordinary thanks to Dr. Arkush’s for his presentation on Mendelssohn’s difficult negotiation:   between the Christian culture in which he resided and the culture of his birth; between both of these and each particular claim to Universal Reason and Natural Law.Dr. Arkush’s presentation had me thinking all the way home. What […]

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Maimonides, Spinoza and Us

What does a 12th-century rabbi in Egypt, arguably the greatest thinker in Jewish history, have in common with a 17th-century Jewish philosopher in Amsterdam who was “expelled from the people of Israel” for “abominable heresies and monstrous deeds” and who would go on to become the most radical philosopher of his time? And what […]

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From Battle to Metaphor

From Battle to Metaphor: The Meaning of Waterloo in Modern Jewish History
Two hundred years ago sometime after 10 PM on June 18, 1815 the guns at Waterloo fell silent. Of the 76,000 French soldiers who took the field earlier that morning against considerably larger armies of the Seventh Coalition as many as 26,000 lay dead […]

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Rabbi, What Do You Believe?

For the last few weeks, it seems I have had more than the usual number of requests to share what it is about Judaism I actually believe. Here is a quick summary. What do you believe?

GOD

Different people and traditions understand and relate to God in different ways.

At different times and in different […]

By |June 9th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized, What's New|0 Comments

Visual T’filot

Seeing is Believing: Visual T’filot and the Future of Jewish Worship

Rabbi Lance J. Sussman, Ph.D.

 Three years ago, my synagogue agreed to install large retractable screens on either side of the Ark and mounted projectors on the back wall of our 900 seat sanctuary. With almost no resistance, we quickly transitioned from late 15th century technology […]

By |May 12th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized, What's New|0 Comments

Rabbi David W. Nelson’s Newest Book

The Emergence of God:
A Rationalist Jewish Exploration of Divine Consciousness

 

 In a culture firmly grounded in scientific thought, it has become common to think of “God” as the label we use for natural law, the creative, organizational forces in the universe, rather than as a great, omniscient Being. Is it possible to imagine such a God as being […]

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Statement of Principles

A Statement of Principles for Reform Judaism – As it Approaches its Third Century

Robert M. Seltzer and Lance J. Sussman
Statement of Principles download

The Reform movement in Judaism emerged two centuries ago in response to a series of unprecedented challenges to traditional Judaism. Its early adherents took the lead with daring measures to make our tradition […]

By |April 16th, 2015|Categories: Uncategorized, What's New|0 Comments

Modern Rational Judaism

 
Allan Arkush PhD is a Professor of Judaic Studies and History at Binghamton University
, as well as an author, editor, and a speaker on modern Jewish rationalists and their continued adherence to Judaism. For further reading, try this review on Moses Mendelssohn and the Enlightenment by Professor Arkush PhD.
 

 

 

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