Humanist Jews

A group for secular Jews that wish to retain the cultural and historical significance of what being a "Jew" really means.

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What Path brought you to being a Humanist

Started by Humanist Mark. Last reply by Leila Cook Nov 6, 2012. 4 Replies

I know this question will bring a multitude of answers but I'd love to hear them all.In my case it was both a long and short journey. I have a few family members that survived Hitler's Holocaust and…Continue

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Comment by sacha on December 1, 2009 at 3:39pm
Just to be clear. Humanist Mark did not "leave" Atheist Nexus. He was suspended for his behaviour, including threats to other members.
Comment by Adam on November 25, 2009 at 7:39pm
Comment by Adam on November 25, 2009 at 7:26pm
On Google Wave and will be searching for that wave later tonight.

I also have a few invites if anyone is interested.
Comment by Eric on November 15, 2009 at 1:30am

First time I've ever heard that for Navajos, one's paternal grandmother must be Navajo in order for you to be considered Navajo. Learned something new here! Personally, I usually go by high cheekbones and if the face looks Indian, and if someone tells me they're Native American, I'll also take their word for it.

BTW, you should know that in HJ, it doesn't matter which parent is Jewish. If your father is Jewish and your mother isn't Jewish, you're 100% Jewish according to HJ.
Comment by a angel on November 14, 2009 at 9:12pm
Kiddush? What's the HJ method\ritual?
Comment by Eagle Ashcroft on November 14, 2009 at 5:30pm
Although as I said I was born to a Jewish mother and hung around many of her family, for the most part they were Christians as well, but my father was an American Indian whose mother was a Navajo and she had been adopted by an English family as was my father's father and their name was Ashcroft. If your mother is Jewish (the race, not the religion), then you are Jewish and if your father's mother was an Indian you've Indian. So I am 100% Jewish, 100% Indian and 200% human, but 500% agnostic and 500% atheist which makes me 1000% existing. My mother used to say she married an Indian because everyone hated Jews so her husband, my father would go on the war path with Jew haters and scalp them as a warning to not mess with Jews. I grew up with Jewish values though which is my standard to live by to this day.
Comment by Eagle Ashcroft on November 14, 2009 at 4:44pm
I too had both relatives and friends who escaped Hitler's Holocaust, except some of them were in Death Camps but managed to escape by getting forged papers through German camp guards that were against the Holocaust and thought Hitler was an evil mad man. They all died of old age still bearing the numbered tatoo's on the fore-arms.
Comment by Adam on November 14, 2009 at 4:37pm
@ Eagle Ashcroft. Have you had any exposure to the Yiddish community? I absolutely love the historic Yiddish intellectual movement and it's so interesting that there used to be such a strong non-theist Yiddish speaking community and now it's pretty much just the Orthodox.
Comment by Eagle Ashcroft on November 14, 2009 at 1:10pm
My mother was a German Jew (Yiddish) but I was raised a Christian, but now am an agnostic. But I like being around other Jews.
Comment by Eric on October 26, 2009 at 2:50am
About 15 years ago I was active for a while on a email list for HJ that was online. I don't know if that HJ e-list still exists actively (outside of the online archive for that list, which is still there somewhere in cyberspace). If it's still there, they might as well move over the active HJ list to this Atheist Nexus website and even to this group Humanist Jews. What do you think?

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