Disillusioned

Dear Rabbi Rami,I’m a sixty–something Reform Jew whose faith is crumbling. I don’t believe Torah is the word of God, or that mitzvot are divine obligations. The more I delve into this the more disillusioned I become. How do you handle this?******Mazal tov! How wonderful to become dis–illusioned! Illusion is a misreading of reality that happens when a magician (priest, guru, rabbi, pastor, politician, marketer, etc.) distracts you from reality. Seeing through illusion—becoming dis–illu … [Read more...]

Pulling a Palin

As those of you who have been reading this blog from the beginning know, Judaism Next was intended to be a book in progress. Sadly, the progress has stopped. So has my enthusiasm. While I still intend to write a book setting forth my ideas on God, Torah, and Israel, the standard book format speaks to me less and less. I want to create a new way of communicating these ideas, and I have yet to invent one. So, this blog will undergo yet another transformation. Yes, I am pulling a Palin and, like … [Read more...]

3 If We are to have a Future

It is almost cliché to say Judaism is dying. Judaism has been around for over 3000 years, and concern over its dying goes back almost as far. Chances are it will survive a bit longer. But that doesn’t mean that those of us who love Judaism, and take great pride and find deep meaning in being Jews shouldn’t concern ourselves with her future.For me the future of Judaism rests in the capacity of Jews to Turn Torah: to tell and retell our story. I am what one might call a midrashic rather than a … [Read more...]


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