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Do Jews Need God?

To kick off 2015, we are taking on a big, bold question when it comes to Judaism: Is there a God, and how much does this question matter to today’s Jews? Two-thirds of Jews polled in a 2013 Pew Research Study called “A Portrait of Jewish Americans,” said it is not necessary to believe in God to be Jewish. Given this surprisingly high percentage, we wanted to go further by asking Jewish atheists whether they experience conflict in being Jewish, but not believing in God. After all, there are Jewish leaders who think Judaism without God cannot sustain. In this issue, you will hear from Jewish authors, a rabbi, and an artist with much to say on the topic, as well as varying beliefs even within their Jewish atheism. What do you think?

Michelle Cove, Editor
mcove@brandeis.edu