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Future of Judaism

Introduction

Introduction

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 Jewish Prayer

The Future of Jewish Prayer

Patrick Aleph (Executive Director, PunkTorah)

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.

Jewing Movements

Jewing Movements

Reb Bahir Davis (Rabbi, Rocky Mountain Hai based)

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.

Holding Up Half the Sky: Feminist Judaism

Holding Up Half the Sky: Feminist Judaism

Anita Diamant (Author, lecturer, and founder of Mayyim Hayyim)

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 State of Israel and Jewish Faith

The State of Israel and Jewish Faith

Shalom Goldman (Emory University)

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.

Technology and Observance: Jews of the Future

Technology and Observance: Jews of the Future

Matthue Roth (Associate Editor, MyJewishLearning.com)

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.

American Jews in the New Millennium: Transformation and Uncertainty

American Jews in the New Millennium: Transformation and Uncertainty

Jonathan D. Sarna (Brandeis University)

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.

An Ever-Evolving Judaism: Women Meeting the Needs of Community

An Ever-Evolving Judaism: Women Meeting the Needs of Community

Melissa Scholten-Gutierrez (Social Worker, Educator, Writer, and Mikvah Advocate)

Women are continually becoming more empowered to step into leadership positions across the spectrum of contemporary Jewry.

Selling Value: Judaism for the Next Generation

Selling Value: Judaism for the Next Generation

Ezra S. Shanken (Allied Jewish Federation of Colorado)

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.

A Future Worthy of Our Past: The Jewish Quest for Justice

A Future Worthy of Our Past: The Jewish Quest for Justice

Mitchell Silver (University of Massachusetts/Boston)

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.

Take It to the Streets: Radical Judaism

Take It to the Streets: Radical Judaism

Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz (Founder and President, Uri L'Tzedek)

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.

Beyond Jewish Triumphalism

Beyond Jewish Triumphalism

An Interview with Reb Zalman (Mentor, Teacher and Author)

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.

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