The next chapter of our ongoing conversations about Judaism and Jewish culture is unfolding over at Faith’s blog, where she has started a thread for atheist, agnostic and secular Jews to discuss their relationships with Judaism and Jewishness.
As a bit of background, I grew up in a very traditionally reform synagogue and household. Lit Shabbat candles every Friday night, didn’t eat shrimp or pork but didn’t keep kosher either and kept separate dishes and did bedika chametz the night before Pesach, etc. As a young adult I went to HUC-JIR and had planned to become a rabbi until I realized that I was pretending to believe in God and it was incompatible, at least in my mind, with getting smicha. I promptly stopped practicing and yet, the culture, and yes, even some of the rituals, hold great meaning for me.
And she wants to know:
What do you do to maintain your culture?
Have you found a community that welcomes you and makes you feel included?
Do you attend synagogue? If so, how do you deal with the God stuff?
What other questions need to be asked?
I’m really looking forward to reading the responses. Head on over there and tell her what you think!
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