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A new type of Judaism: Postethnic
Haaretz ^ | July 6, 2013 | Tomer Persico

Posted on 07/07/2013 1:43:42 PM PDT by sf4dubya

Magid identifies the creation of postethnic Judaism – a type of Judaism that does not take its identity from a tribal dynasty or a shared history, but from cultural values: things that are universal and suitable for everyone. Magid does not see this trend as the end of Judaism as a religion (in contrast to the Orthodox school of thought on the subject), or the end of Judaism as a culture.

Not only is postethnic Judaism not rooted in tradition – it also removes itself from identifying with the historical Jewish nation. This is one step further than multiculturalism – which celebrated the different and the unique. Now, Megid says, young American Jews have no desire to proclaim how unique they are, and avoid discussing uniqueness or superiority like the plague. Hybridity has become a value, and the blurring of ethnic, gender and religious boundaries is a regular aspiration.

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These Jews adopt traditional elements such as Torah study and observance of the Sabbath (not necessarily according to Orthodox halakha) and set out to perform social acts of tikkun olam (repairing the world). They are proud of their religion and disseminate it as an idea, instead of something that is passed down the bloodline.

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Another characteristic of this Judaism is its post-monotheism. According to Magid, postethnic Judaism has departed from monotheism in several areas. It does not believe in religion being exclusive; it does not believe in the agreement between one God and his chosen people; it does not see divinity as transcendental, but as immanent; and it does not feel obliged to carry out the laws of a monotheistic God out of fear of divine judgment. The theosophy of this Judaism is not monotheistic, but it is also not atheistic or humanistic. It is pantheistic.

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Warning: another Jewish Renewal book.

“American Post-Judaism: Identity and Renewal in a Postethnic Society,” by Shaul Magid. Indiana University Press, 2013, 408 pp.

1 posted on 07/07/2013 1:43:42 PM PDT by sf4dubya
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To: sf4dubya

Jews not monotheistic? What hooey. We could call this new trend
Jew-nitarianism.


2 posted on 07/07/2013 1:46:27 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: sf4dubya
In many ways, this is what Jesus did. He maintained the core moral values of the Torah, but he included non-Jews in the promises given to the Hebrews in the Abrahamic covenant “the father of many nations,” and “in your seed all nations will be blessed.”
3 posted on 07/07/2013 1:54:11 PM PDT by Nemoque
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To: Mamzelle

LOL


4 posted on 07/07/2013 2:12:50 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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To: Mamzelle
Jews not monotheistic?

Art Bell used to have people on that would reference about 3 places in the Old Testament (Torah) that appear to imply that God has an equal or two.

Daniel is the only Book that I can remember as having one of the references.

I would occasionally listen to a retired rabbi on shortwave that had a talk show. One caller must have been listening to Art Bell, because he brought it up, and the rabbi came decidedly, but politely, down on the monotheistic side. Probably itching to ask the caller if he was smoking crack...

5 posted on 07/07/2013 2:19:33 PM PDT by Calvin Locke
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To: sf4dubya; Nemoque
In many ways, this is what Jesus did. He maintained the core moral values of the Torah, but he included non-Jews in the promises given to the Hebrews in the Abrahamic covenant “the father of many nations,” and “in your seed all nations will be blessed.”

Jesus brought a revivalist Kingdom Message to the changing Judaism of the Second Temple Judaism. He fought & taught against things like this evolution of "postethnic judaism".
Paul was the father of "christianity", not Jesus.
Jesus maintained every aspect of Biblical Judaism in his teachings to the Jerusalem Jesus Movement.
Post-Crucifixion, Stephen and the Hellenists took a different teaching to the Gentiles and Paul carried on with his message of the "universal greek Christ" into the Diaspora.
Someday, when 'christians' are able to read Jesus words through the lens of the Old Testament and not through the lens of Paul, (as many already do today) the Kingdom Message of Repentance in the context of Jesus' Revivalist Second Temple Judaism becomes quite obvious.

Altering Judaism because of the changing winds of modernity is the same thing that christianity has done for the past 2000 years.
It's ironic that Jesus looked back to the Old Testament and taught a biblical Judaism to his followers while instead christianity and modern judaism are always projecting forward and changing their religions when the winds change. That's exactly what Jesus' Mission was about about.....yet christianity keeps changing that mission by teaching "through the lens of Paul" and other men.
6 posted on 07/07/2013 2:26:50 PM PDT by brent13a
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To: sf4dubya

‘Sounds just as heretical as our own ‘modern Christianity’. I simply cannot believe these people genuinely subscribe to their faith. I mean, to take the core of a religion, and then just add in a load of crap you made up yourself to make it ‘feel nice’ is self-serving and puerile.

These people are not Jews, and actual rabbis who study the word of God would be disgusted by it, just as I am disgusted by Universalism and all the other modernist garbage in Christianity today.

What right have these Jews to declare Judaism ‘pantheistic’ and ‘separate from the Hebrew nation’??? Did they receive some revelation in a dream? No, they’re making it up to forward a leftist agenda. Sickening, and damning by their own religion no less!


8 posted on 07/07/2013 2:44:08 PM PDT by Viennacon
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To: Mamzelle

“Jew-nitarianism.”

Good one! Although my keyboard is still shaking from the close call - use Key Board Alert for something that funny - please!


9 posted on 07/07/2013 2:51:13 PM PDT by GladesGuru (Islam is antithetical to, and Islam is irreconcilable with, America. Therefore - Islam Delenda Est)
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To: sf4dubya
This is all post-modernist nonsense.

Rabbi Asher Meza is an Orthodox rabbi who, contrary to the mainstream Halakhah, rejects the Noachide movement altogether and wants to convert all non-Jews to Judaism itself, making the entire human race Benei Yisra'el and the entire earth 'Eretz Yisra'el. He claims this is the historic Jewish position which gradually disappeared as it became dangerous to try to convert non-Jews.

As I say, this is way off the tracks but otherwise he is Orthodox, and his web site does have some excellent counter-chrstian apologetics.

10 posted on 07/07/2013 2:54:05 PM PDT by Zionist Conspirator (Ki-hagoy vehamamlakhah 'asher lo'-ya`avdukh yove'du; vehagoyim charov yecheravu!)
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To: Mamzelle

Otherwise known as “ Orange Juice”.


11 posted on 07/07/2013 3:04:46 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Nemoque

He didn’t deny monotheism, or God’s unique covenant. The whole point of His being the messiah was that he was of the House of David.


12 posted on 07/07/2013 3:07:49 PM PDT by kabumpo (Kabumpo)
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To: Zionist Conspirator

Interesting.


13 posted on 07/07/2013 3:24:15 PM PDT by OldNewYork (Biden '13. Impeach now.)
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To: brent13a

(slow clap)


14 posted on 07/07/2013 3:28:21 PM PDT by Marie ("The last time Democrats gloated this hard after a health care victory, they lost 60 House seats.")
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To: sf4dubya

In other words, they don’t have to worry about being a ‘Chosen People’, since they don’t believe in whoever is supposed to have chosen them.


15 posted on 07/07/2013 3:35:42 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: sf4dubya

I glanced at the title and my tired eyes saw “Prosthetic” and wondered.


16 posted on 07/07/2013 3:42:36 PM PDT by arthurus (Read Hazlitt's Economics In One Lesson ONLINE http://steshaw.org/econohttp://www.fee.org/library/det)
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To: Marie; brent13a

And you’re still giving his Judaizing more applause than it deserves.


17 posted on 07/07/2013 3:57:04 PM PDT by vladimir998
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To: sf4dubya
postethnic Judaism – a type of Judaism that does not take its identity from a tribal dynasty or a shared history, but from cultural values: things that are universal and suitable for everyone.

They subscribe to the tenets of Bill and Ted, "Be excellent to one another".

18 posted on 07/07/2013 4:09:07 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: sf4dubya
Another characteristic of this Judaism is its post-monotheism. According to Magid, postethnic Judaism has departed from monotheism in several areas. It does not believe in religion being exclusive; it does not believe in the agreement between one God and his chosen people; it does not see divinity as transcendental, but as immanent; and it does not feel obliged to carry out the laws of a monotheistic God out of fear of divine judgment. The theosophy of this Judaism is not monotheistic, but it is also not atheistic or humanistic. It is pantheistic.

What is it represented by? A golden calf?

19 posted on 07/07/2013 4:35:07 PM PDT by Alex Murphy
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To: sf4dubya

The only Judaism Ha’aretz wants is “post-Jewish”.


20 posted on 07/07/2013 5:26:45 PM PDT by montag813 (NO AMNESTY * ENFORCE THE LAW * http://StandWithArizona.com)
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