Humanistic Jews understand Judaism as the civilization, ethical values, and shared fate of the Jewish people. Encompassing many languages and a vast body of literature, art, dance, music, and food, Judaism is much more than a set of religious beliefs and practices. It is the cumulative cultural and historical experience of the Jewish people.
For us, belief in the supernatural just isn’t possible. But we cannot abandon our Jewish identities or our bonds with other Jews. — Janice & John
As Humanistic Jews we derive our values from the lessons of those cumulative experiences. Not just the events of biblical times but of all history. Humanistic Jews regard classical texts like the Torah and Talmud as valuable sources of learning and inspiration although we do not automatically accept them as authoritative. We also draw ethical principles from centuries of Jewish philosophy and the folk wisdom of our ancestors. And because no one people has a monopoly on truth we embrace worthy lessons from cultures other than our own. We strive to put our values into practice through a commitment to social justice, championing the cause of the oppressed, the disenfranchised, and the suffering.
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