Warning! This Religion Will Require A God Upgrade!

Here’s a book review I’ve been working on.  The post is a little longer than usual….

Rabbi Jamie S. Korngold has written a book called “The God Upgrade: Finding Your 21st-Century Spirituality in Judaism’s 5,000-Year-Old Tradition.”  Korngold, who is also known as  “The Adventure Rabbi,” puts forth a theology of a non-interventionist God who is basically just an experience, and certainly not a being of any kind.  In this she is typical of many of the liberal rabbis whom I know.  They do not believe in a theistic deity, but they still claim a relationship with God.  Ask them what they mean and they give non-sensical answers such as this one in the book: Continue reading

Chanukah: The Sequel, Or, How The Maccabees Mucked Things Up

Well people are going to start thinking I’m some kind of Chanukah scrooge, but one of the reasons I’m a Secular Humanistic Jew is my love of history.  I’m simply more interested in getting as close to the true stories behind the legends than I am in going along with the fictions. Continue reading