My life under the iron rain

28 December 2006

Another color in the rainbow

In an unprecedented event in Israel, seven secular Jews who view Judaism as a culture, as opposed to a religion, will be ordained as rabbis Friday in Jerusalem.The ceremony, which will be held at the Israel Museum, comes after the ordainees completed three years of study at the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism in Jerusalem. Twenty five additional students are currently studying at the program.The organization, which promotes "secular humanistic Judaism," is closest to the Reconstructionist Judaism movement in the United States, said Oren Yehi-Shalom, 35, who will be ordained at the ceremony. Yehi-Shalom said that the participants do not pray to God, but believe in man's humanity.The group's Web site lists the belief in God "as a literary character," citing the Dutch philosopher Spinoza, who is recognized as the founder of modern Biblical criticism.

Secular rabbis to be ordained in J'lem | Jerusalem Post

It's always interesting to get to know other currents in the jewish spectrum,other ways to express jewishness according to one's beliefes,but ironically Israel,the state of the jews,doesn't recognize nor tolerates this diversity,one can only look at that fact with disbelief...

Today's Song: Blood Meridian - Hope of the states

Today's Quote: The only reason that I talk to myself is because that I'm the only one whose answers I accept.

4 comments:

Fabián said...

David, te agrego a mi lista de blogs, pero por qué escribís en inglés?

David said...

Porque tengo bastatntes errores de ortografia,no se escribir con acento y a veces traduzco frases hebreas en castellano...caja ze...no me siento lo suficientemente seguro de mi mismo para publicar un blog en castellano...

Fabián said...

Qué lástima. Porque las faltas de ortografía no son tanto un obstáculo a la comunicación.

Y tu blog tendría impacto en la comunidad latina...

Anyway, muy bueno por The Cure y DM. Algún grupo parecido a estos pero no igual que yo debería escuchar?

Saludos!
Fabian

Evan said...

Not necesarrily true. For example, the state of Israel has recognized Karaite Judaism, even though they are not recognized as Jews and their religion is not considered authentically Jewish according to mainstream halachah. The problem is when you get groups like the Reform in Israel who insist on sitting on religious councils an issuing rulings of Jewish law, a law which their movement specifically does not believe in. If the Reform were to, instead of trying to destroy the halachic system in Israel, invent their own, there would be no protest from within halachic Judaism.

 


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