Basic Ideas of Secular Humanistic Judaism
Basic Ideas of Secular Humanistic Judaism, by Rabbi Eva Goldfinger, is the first in a series of books designed to explain the basic ideas of Secular Humanistic Judaism, which emphasizes positive secular and human-focused connections with Jewish culture.
It includes a philosophical explanation of Secular Humanistic Judaism, educational guidelines and sample curricula for those who teach Secular Humanistic Judaism, recommended reading lists for adults and children, and selected official statements of the Secular Humanistic Judaism movement. This is a great starting point for those who are looking to are looking for a way to identify with their Jewish heritage independent of belief in a god.
Read the preface by Rabbi Eva Goldfinger.
SECTION 1 – INTRODUCTION TO SECULAR HUMANISTIC JUDAISM
- What is Secular Humanistic Judaism?
- Structure of Secular Humanistic Jewish Movement
- Philosophical Foundations
SECTION 2 – BASIC IDEAS OF SECULAR HUMANISTIC JUDAISM
What is Real?
Origins of the Universe
Questions about God
Purpose or Meaning in Life
The Finality of Death
What is a Spiritual Experience?
What is Truth?
Teaching the Value of Truth
Values and Ethics
A Quality Life
Who Determines What is Ethical?
Acting Out Our Ethical Values
Ethical Positions of Secular Humanistic Judaism
Who are the Jewish People?
Special, Not Chosen
Belonging to the Jewish People
Who is a Jew?
What is Judaism?
Celebrating Life Cycle Events
Celebrating Jewish Festivals
Attitudes to Some Jewish Ideas
Is Judaism Worth Preserving?
SECTION 3 – A SECULAR VIEW OF JEWISH HISTORY
- What is History
- Is T’nakh Jewish History
- A Real History of the Jews
- The Lessons of Jewish History
SECTION 4 – CREATING SECULAR HUMANISTIC JEWISH IDENTITY
- Guidelines for Humanistic Teaching
- Adapting Materials for Secular Humanistic Jewish Use
- Teaching Ethics to Children
- Curriculum Samples
- Words of Wisdom from our Sages and Heroes
SECTION 5 – SAMPLE PUBLIC STATEMENTS OF THE MOVEMENT
5. Jewish Continuity
6. Reproductive Choice
7. Separation of Church and State
8. Sexual Orientation
9. Social Action
10. Who is a Jew
SECTION 6 – RECOMMENDED READINGS & GLOSSARY
- Recommended Readings for Adults
- Recommended Readings for Children
Watch Rabbi Sherwin Wine explain the principles of Humanistic Judaism: