Humanistic Judaism (Hebrew: יהדות הומניסטית Yahdut Humanistit) (Yiddish: הומאַניסטישע ייִדישקייט) is a movement in Judaism that offers a nontheistic alternative in contemporary Jewish life. It defines Judaism as the cultural and historical experience of the Jewish people and encourages humanistic and secular Jews to celebrate their Jewish identity by participating in Jewish holidays and life cycle events (such as weddings and bar and bat mitzvah) with inspirational ceremonies that draw upon but go beyond traditional literature.
Its philosophical foundation includes the following ideas:
- A Jew is someone who identifies with the history, culture, and future of the Jewish people;
- Judaism is the historic culture of the Jewish people, and religion is only one part of that culture;
- Jewish identity is best preserved in a free, pluralistic environment;
- People possess the power and responsibility to shape their own lives independent of supernatural authority;
- Ethics and morality should serve human needs, and choices should be based upon consideration of the consequences of actions rather than pre-ordained rules or commandments;
- Jewish history, like all history, is a human saga, a testament to the significance of human power and human responsibility. Biblical and other traditional texts are the products of human activity and are best understood through archaeology and other scientific analysis.
- The freedom and dignity of the Jewish people must go hand in hand with the freedom and dignity of every human being.
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... Reform Judaism, Humanistic Judaism and Reconstructionist Judaism do not observe or require traditional sexuality rules and have welcomed non married and homosexual couples and endorsed ... Reform and Reconstructionist Judaism are more tolerant of interfaith marriage, and many rabbis in both communities will perform one ... Humanistic Judaism permits interfaith marriage ...
... led by Rabbi Peter Schweitzer, who is a recognized leader of Humanistic Judaism ... He serves as the president of the Association of Humanistic Rabbis and is a member of the Editorial Board of the journal Humanistic Judaism ... He also contributes the Humanistic perspective to Moment Magazine's "Ask the Rabbi" column ...
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... The International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism (IISHJ) is the academic and intellectual center of Humanistic Judaism ... Secular Jewish Organizations and the Society for Humanistic Judaism ...
... Humanistic Judaism is egalitarian with respect to gender and gender identification, Jewish status, and sexual orientation ...
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