Hi I am new to this website and also new to Atheism......I was born and raised Jewish and had my Bar Mitzvah at age 13....I had to learn Hebrew for it so went to Hebrew school from age 6 to age 13......Since I was young I just accepted everything as something I was required to do....However as I matured I had more and more questions and the people of my faith were not convincing when trying to explain things...So for many years I just went to synagogue because I was supposed to especially on the High Holy days ...Recently I made the decision to actually check into Atheism and Humanism and sent for some books on the subject.....It felt like the books were written just for me..They touched on most if not all my questions and actually answered them convincingly...So now I am out of the closet and very content for once...and do not have to fake believing in a god anymore....Finding websites like this is very comforting for I can now discuss my feelings with like minded people...I am looking forward to many discussions and debates with my fellow members....Yours truly....Freethinker 31 ...
Glad you fell in, Freethinker, and welcome to Atheist Nexus!
While I am not formerly Jewish as you are, I have heard this and that about "secular Jews," who remain into the culture while abjuring the religious aspects of Judaism. I'd be curious to hear your take on that.
So would I. I know people who find Humanistic Judaism a good fit; here in Philadelphia some six active secular Jewish groups come together for large, absolutely nontheistic High Holiday celebrations that mix new and adapted old "liturgy", and that I find meaningful.
(Then there are also people who were raised Jewish, and who find no use for secular Judaism.)
Perhaps worth checking out: Judith Seid's book God-Optional Judaism. (It's actually rather strongly "spook-free", more than the title suggests!)
Shalom, Freethinker. It took me many years to find that the sacred writings were static and truth was only in logic, reason, and evidence. JHVH is simply useless unpronounable letters in an ancient manuscript. No, I was not Jewish. I was Pentecostal. Today I am atheist.