Volume 9, Issue 1, 5776


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

In This Issue

  • The Last Great Taboo thedaysbetween-200

    Highly acclaimed author and poet Marcia Falk wears the label “post-theist” to widen the definition of Jewishness.

  • Jewish Genes Are Not Enough Genes_Not_Enough

    In our modern society, many who have been born with Jewish DNA seek farther and deeper when it comes to identifying as Jewish.

  • An Unapologetic Atheist hebrew alphabet background

    Artist Fran Forman sees the patriarchal language in prayers as symbols of an ancient culture.

  • Bringing Bigness to the Table lev

    Why one atheist rabbi says there is great comfort in questioning, storytelling, and acting “as if.”

  • The Atheism Spectrum atheismspectrum

    Whether we believe in God is not a yes or no question; there is a whole scale of answers to explore.

  • God Is Beside the Point Leaf and drops of water on it

    Parenting expert Ruth Nemzoff loves how Judaism makes room for disagreement on so many topics, including the belief in God.


  1. janet freedman January 26, 2015 Reply

    What a great issue!

    Thanks for putting together so many thought-provoking ideas.

    i love finishing a piece of writing with hmmmmm???

  2. Maxine Lyons January 26, 2015 Reply

    Thank you– I LOVED this edition of the HBI eZine.

    Many thanks for this very insightful and useful series of commentaries, Maxine

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