Judaism for Everyone…without Dogma
Today, Jewish experiences what it means to be Jewish varies greatly from one culture to another around the world.
In this book, author Bernardo Sorj explains what the Jewish experience was like throughout history and how Jewish culture led to the Secular Humanistic Judaism movement, which says you can identify with Jewish culture independent of traditional Jewish religious practice and belief. From the beginnings of Jewish evolution to today’s Jewish diversity, Sorj’s insightful analysis of the modern Jewish experience and his message of acceptance will resonate with cultural Jews worldwide. (Published by the International Federation for Secular & Humanistic Judaism, 2010).
Bernardo Sorj has a degree in Jewish History from the University of Haifa and a Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Manchester. He serves on the board of numerous academic journals and scientific bodies, is a consultant to international organizations, and has been a visiting professor at various universities in the United States and Europe. He is currently the director of the Edelstein Center for Social Research and a professor of sociology at the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro. He has authored 23 books, which have been published in English, French, Spanish, and Portuguese, and over 100 articles. In 2005, he was elected “Man of Ideas” in Brazil.
Read a review of Judaism for Everyone…Without Dogma by Rabbi Adam Chalom from Humanistic Judaism, Autumn 2010/Winter 2011, reprinted with the permission of the Society for Humanistic Judaism. You can also read inside this book at Amazon.com. Their preview includes more detailed contents and the opening pages of the book.
“Judaism for Everyone … without Dogma represents a major contribution to the advancement of contemporary Judaism. It argues for a secular Judaism rooted in Jewish culture and humanistic and democratic values, for Jewish communities that respect pluralism, for a dialogue between Diaspora and the State of Israel that fosters the richness, and diversity of the Jewish people. For all these reasons, I strongly recommend this book.”
—Yossi Beilin, Former Israel MP (Member of the Knesset), Minister of Religious Affairs, Justice, Economics and Planning, and leading participant in both the Oslo Accords and the Geneva Peace Initiative.
“Judaism for Everyone … without Dogma offers a brilliant new approach to the future of an ancient people. Prof. Bernardo Sorj’s deep acquaintance with Jewish history, Jewish tradition, and the state of Jews around the world today, led him to the conclusion, that the way to save Judaism from extinction is to take the keys of the gates to Judaism from the religious establishment. New Judaism should be pluralistic, democratic, and open to everyone.”
—Nahum Barnea, Political Scientist and Journalist, awarded the Israel Prize for Communication in 2007.
Rabbi Denise Handlarski on “Cultural Judaism for a Multicultural World”
Part I: A Culture in Transformation
- What Is a Jew?
- Biblical Judaism
- The Greco-Roman Period and the Varieties of Judaism
- Talmudic Judaism
- The Talmudic World of the Middle Ages
- Jews, Christians, and Muslims
- Modernity: The Return of Philosophy, History, and Politics
- Cultural and Political Movements in Modern Judaism
Part II: Contemporary Judaism
- The Holocaust, Memory, and Politics
- The State of Israel: The Challenge of Creating a Secular Democracy
- Postmodernity, Diaspora, and Individualized Judaism
- National Judaisms
- Judaism as Endurance, Cognitive Dissonance, and Collective Guilt
Part III: Challenges Facing Judaism
- Who Speaks for the Jews: Rabbis? Plutocrats? The Israeli Government?
- Who is Jewish? Weddings and Burials
- Anti-Semitism and the Relation between Yidn and Goyim
- The Future of Judaism
- The Future of Humanistic and Secular Judaism
Appendix: World Jewish Population