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Old 04-08-2009, 10:02 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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I thought the Atheists would appreciate this... tonight I attended a "Godless" (aka "Humanist") Passover Seder at my Aunt & Uncle's house in Massachusetts. I knew there was something odd about the Haggadah (prayer book), but I almost didn't notice there's NO mention of God! They belong to a Humanist Synagogue in Cambridge, which I guess is like an Atheistic form of Judaism. Pretty cool, huh? My Grandmother calls it a cult, though - LOL.

I've always called myself an Agnostic Jew, but to be honest I still like a traditional Reform Synagogue. It's just what I'm used to, and the old hymns/prayers are comforting to me. But I did like this non-religious Passover thing, especially since the service part was nice and short... got to the food more quickly, hehe. Anyway, I just thought you'd like hearing about this, and was curious if anyone knows about this "sect" of Judaism?
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Old 04-08-2009, 10:24 PM
 
Location: Rivendell
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Yes, I have some friends in the Bay Area who are atheist jews. They even have an atheist Rabbi. They do all of the traditional jewish rituals without the god part. I got the impression it was a rather large congregation.
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Old 04-08-2009, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Bay Area, CA
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Usually "Atheist Jews" are just Reform Jews, like myself... I haven't heard much about Humanist Judaism, so that is a new one to me!
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Old 04-09-2009, 06:56 AM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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I remember a Jewish friend I used to know in college who said that the natural progression of religion is to go from a multitude of gods to one god to no god. Judaism is full of cultural tradition so it makes sense that those who don't believe in the magic aspects would like to gather and still celebrate the cultural holidays. It isn't really any different than the multitudes of us who grew up in the Christian tradition celebrating Christmas but ignoring and leaving out the religious aspects.

Besides, we all should celebrate the return of spring. What's not to like about the world springing back to life?

I never liked Easter much (except for the egg hunt) because it was always very dark and dreary with all its condemnation of sin and death.
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Old 04-09-2009, 08:44 AM
 
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I thought the Atheists would appreciate this... tonight I attended a "Godless" (aka "Humanist") Passover Seder at my Aunt & Uncle's house in Massachusetts. I knew there was something odd about the Haggadah (prayer book), but I almost didn't notice there's NO mention of God! They belong to a Humanist Synagogue in Cambridge, which I guess is like an Atheistic form of Judaism. Pretty cool, huh? My Grandmother calls it a cult, though - LOL.

I've always called myself an Agnostic Jew, but to be honest I still like a traditional Reform Synagogue. It's just what I'm used to, and the old hymns/prayers are comforting to me. But I did like this non-religious Passover thing, especially since the service part was nice and short... got to the food more quickly, hehe. Anyway, I just thought you'd like hearing about this, and was curious if anyone knows about this "sect" of Judaism?

why bother? is it just for cultural experience?
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Old 04-09-2009, 08:56 AM
 
Location: DC Area, for now
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why bother? is it just for cultural experience?
You're question was already answered in the op.
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Old 04-09-2009, 04:59 PM
 
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There are a number of secular jewish organizations that observe jewish holidays without reference to god and even offer secular bar mitzvahs. Google "secular jews" and you will get a ton of information.

Last edited by ranchoparque; 04-09-2009 at 05:01 PM.. Reason: typo
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