Future of Judaism
Judaism's role in human history remains both powerfully influential and thoroughly countercultural through its diverse expressions. In its Future of Religion series, Patheos explores these expressions and their trajectory for the 21st century.
Contributors include: Anita Diamant, Shalom Goldman, Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi, Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez, Patrick Aleph, Reb Bahir Davis, Matthue Roth, Jonathan Sarna, Mitchell Silver, Ezra Shanken, and Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz.
The future of the Jewish soul is a movement away from G-d, toward a greater understanding of those values that are, in and of themselves, g-dly.
Any movement that can hold to its fluidity no matter how thick the flow, any movement that sees itself as part of something bigger, the Jewing path, that movement will have legs.
It's time to be honest that we are creating the Miriam we need -- musician, performance artist, prophet -- that we give her a timbrel and a place at the Seder and put new songs in her mouth.
The challenge for the future of Judaism is how to think about Israel in a rational considered fashion, a fashion not influenced by the supernatural and the messianic.
In terms of spreading information and ideas that are already around, as well as in ways of dealing with future challenges, information organization will play a more significant role.
No matter the challenges ahead, the fact that Jews have so often defied the odds and continued to survive testifies to the value of their being highly attuned to such problems.
Women are continually becoming more empowered to step into leadership positions across the spectrum of contemporary Jewry.
The nostalgic days of selling our community with equal parts guilt and tradition are long gone. Today, we have the amazing opportunity to sell our Jewish communities on the value that we have had all along.
The pursuit of justice is not a mission unique to the Jews, but it has been central to Jewish identity. Without it, the Jewish people lose their raison d'être.
The charge to take Torah to the streets is to suggest that our responsibilities transcend our professions and that our full person belongs in the public arena.
The Judaism of the future is going to shift in such a way that it will show us how we can be most harmonious with life on the planet and how that will lead us to divinity.