Иудаизм между Ортодоксальным и Светским течениями в Реальном Мире



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Judaism between Orthodoxy and Secularism in the Real World



Creators of this internet journal came to the < xml="true" ns="urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" prefix="st1" namespace="">US from the Former Soviet Union many years ago. We came to renew our Spirituality and Civic Responsibility through joining a middle-ground/mainstream Jewish-spirituality congregation and a mainstream Civic policy group. However, we found no mainstream organizations – everything was split in many factions with no middle ground.


We found that

·        There was no mainstream interpretation of Judaism. Instead, there was a lot of parochial interpretations, from Ultra-Orthodox to Secular one, with no desire to find anything positive in interpretations of the others

·        There was no mainstream collaborative friendship between Religion and Science. Instead, there was struggle between Darwin’s Evolution and God’s Creationism with no desire to understand each other

·        There was no mainstream spiritual alliance between Jews and Christians (mainly, on the part of Jewish communities) aimed at advancing, or “perfecting,” our World. Instead, there was continuation of the eternal theological bitterness neglecting the new threats to Judeo-Christian Civilization

·        There was no unified mainstream rabbinical body working on connecting the fundamentals of Judaism to Modern Life. Instead, there was many religious-corporation “bodies” for which the “Own Turf” was more important than the Judaism-based Unity

·        There was no mainstream religious concept of how Judaism has to reveal itself in secular Politics and in Modern Life of contemporary Jews. Instead, there was many Jewish social/political organizations frequently endorsing opposite social policies and secular ideas with no Judaism-based justification

·        There was no mainstream understanding of the unique spiritual role of USA and Israel in the World Affairs. Instead, there was honest friendship between USA and Israel but mainly based on strategic convenience


So, we found no clear answers to important questions needed for our renewal, and we had to initiate our own search.


Our search extended to seven+ following areas each of which has its own discussion page in this internet Journal:

·        What to look for while studying the Torah: approach for connecting the Tradition with Modernity
What to look for while studying Torah

·        Rereading the Torah: how to connect the traditional Judaism to the modern life
Rereading the Torah/ Перечитывая Тору

·        Bond with Science: how to remove antagonism between Religion and Science
Bond with Science/ Связь с Наукой

·        Judeo-Christian Alliance: how to make Judeo-Christian Civilization stronger in the competition with other civilizations
Judeo-Christ. Alliance/ Иудейско-Христ. Союз 

·        Unified Judaism: how to build up a non-denominational, unifying foundation in Judaism
Unified Judaism/ Единый Иудаизм

·        Judaism in Politics: how to identify Judaism-based social and economic Policies
Judaism in Politics/ Иудаизм в Политике

·        USA-Israel Unity: how to recognize fundamental collaboration areas of USA-Israel mutual interest
USA-Israel Unity/ Общность США и Израиля 



·        In addition,  more pages provide readers with new ideas, updates and correspondence, and these pages are "Weekly Journal Dialogue"  

WeeklyJournalDialogue NovDec2006 

WeeklyJournalDialogue JanFeb2007 

WeeklyJournalDialogue MarApr2007

          So, it is worthwhile to go to this internet Journal once a week even if you   have already read the rest of the pages.


As we advanced in the search we found many contemporary Jews interested in the answers, and that’s why a decision was made to create this internet Journal


The Journal is devoted to the quest of identifying an interpretation of Judaism somewhere between Orthodoxy and Secularism in the Real World. The intent is to find something that may not exist at all, or may exist only in the dreams of contemporary Jews: such an interpretation of Judaism that would be spiritually far away from the three major extremes in Judaism, and would provide “good-feeling” meaning for being Jewish.


But, who are contemporary Jews who are looking for the answers above? The following description is closest we have come up with.


A contemporary Jew is one who was born to a Jewish family and who is feeling somehow Jewish but does not know how to express himself Jewishly. His traits can be presented as

·        A high level of secular education in school or/and college, which creates a state of mind requiring analysis and proof instead of taking “on faith”

·        A low (or formal) level of religious education in the family or/and community, which reduces the probability of accepting religious tradition “on faith”

·        Living most of the life in the realm of Gentile traditions – in school, at university, at work, on vacation

·        Existence of Gentile relatives in the family

·        Natural desire to belong to a Diaspora majority while preserving Jewish-minority life.


Contemporary Jews respect the Traditional Orthodoxy (not the extreme branches of it) as their heritage and for a clearly recognizable set of “religious dogmas;” however, many contemporary Jews are hesitant to join the traditional Orthodoxy since it is too far removed from the challenges of their real life which they are not willing to change drastically.


Contemporary Jews like the Reform movement as well (not the extreme followers of it) as being closer to the challenges of their real life; however, many contemporary Jews are hesitant to join this movement since it has not been able to put together a recognizable set of their own “religious dogmas” which are a must for any religious movement.


Contemporary Jews are trying to avoid the three major extremes in Judaism which are:

  • Right-wing Jewish sects, like Naturei-Carta sect led by Rabbi Hirsch, whose interpretation of Judaism abandons the Commandments for advancing our God’s World – for the spiritual and material benefit of Jews and Gentiles alike
  • Left-wing Jewish sects, like Tikkun-magazine sect led by Rabbi Lerner, whose interpretation of Judaism abandons the Commandments for advancing our relationships with God – for better understanding of what the Jews are supposed to do
  • Secular wings of Jewish communities, led by the cultural ideologists of an A.B. Yehoshua’s variety, whose interpretation of Judaism abandons the presence of God at all.

 So, the search is going on for something new that would have a clearly recognizable set of Jewish “religious dogmas” and would address the challenges of real life without drastic changes required from this life.


The chief idea of this Journal is to provide the space for personal thoughts and feelings of contemporary Jews without heavily relying on authoritative sources – a sort of “common sense” approach. Many may ask – why “common-sense” approach; why not rely on the opinion of religious scholars? And the answer may be that we are talking about the Faith – not about Science. In the Faith, everything relies on your “common-sense” belief: if you believe – you believe; if you do not believe – no evidence presented by religious scholars would move you to Believing. A religious scholar may teach you how to perform rituals which are enhancing your beliefs, but not ignite a belief.


As a reader will see, in our analysis we are not referring to authoritative sources – what this or that rabbi said concerning this or that question or a Torah passage under discussion. And this is done on purpose. And the purpose is to prevent a reader from connecting the thoughts expressed in this Journal to only one school of Judaism (one of the Orthodox streams, one of the Reform streams or one of the Secular streams) and judge everything presented here from the viewpoint of this school. (Another purpose is to prevent influencing the reader’s thoughts by referring to authoritative sources.) Whatever is presented here is based on rethinking of many ideas of Judaism, from the Left/Reform to the Right/Orthodox, widely available on Internet web-sites and seminars – all that being done through the prism of what a contemporary Jew is looking for to be able to connect Judaism to his real life.


Again, we clearly understand a potential futility of our efforts in the age of prevailing disunity trends when protecting your own turf is considered more important than finding the common ground. Nevertheless, we have decided to try!


The thoughts and feelings, either in English or Russian, may be sent at the address minkovjournal@comcast.net. And they may be published if they are consistent with the Journal concept.


Some materials in this Journal are presented in two languages – English and Russian (for the benefit of the Russian-speaking Jews in Israel and the USA). The Russian-language materials are presented in red.





Этот журнал посвящен обсуждению вопросов, касающихся «Иудаизма между Ортодоксальным и Светским течениями в Реальном Мире». Некоторые статьи и комментарии этого журнала представлены в двух языках – русском и английском.

Главная идея журнала заключается в обсуждении индивидуальных мыслей и чувств современных евреев без ссылок на руководящие источники.

Приветствуются те мысли и чувства, которые объединяют евреев между собой, и присоединяют их к внешнему Миру – все это на основе Иудаизма. Разделительные тенденции не приветствуются.

Современные евреи – это те, кто родились в еврейской семье, сохранили в себе уважение ко всему еврейскому и пытаются найти какие-то еврейские деяния, которые помогли бы им выразить себя каким-то еврейским способом. Такие евреи уважают ортодоксальный Иудаизм как их наследство; они уважают светский образ жизни как реальность, в которой они живут; и они пытаются найти согласие между духовностью, проистекающей из традиционной религии, и окружающей их материальной жизнью, основанной на научных достижениях.

У них имеются свои собственные мысли и чувства, которые часто находятся в противоречии с догмами различных течений Иудаизма. И они могут выразить эти чувства в этом журнале. Эти мысли и чувства могут быть посланы по адресу minkovjournal@comcast.net. И по мере возможности они будут здесь опубликованы.


Хотелось бы, чтобы дискуссии сосредоточились бы на следующих семи вопросах, каждый из которых имеет свою страницу в этом Журнале:


·        На что обратить внимание перечитывая Тору: как найти единство Традиций с Современностью

·        Перечитывая Тору: как связать традиционный Иудаизм с современной жизнью

·        Укрепление содружества религии и науки: как преодолеть антагонизм между религией и наукой

·        Укрепление Иудейско-Христианского сотрудничества: как укрепить эту цивилизацию в соревновании с другими цивилизациями

·        Обдумывая неделимый Иудаизм: как отыскать духовное единство всех ветвей Иудаизма

·        Нахождение Иудаизма в Политике: как определить соответствие новых социальных и экономических идей духу Иудаизма

·        Поддержка американо-израильской дружбы: как определить области сотрудничества, представляющие фундаментальный интерес для двух стран


Кроме этого, Журнал публикует "Еженедельный Диалог" с описанием интересных событий, входящих в круг интересов Журнала.




Links to the other pages:

 What to look for while studying Torah

Rereading the Torah/ Перечитывая Тору

Judeo-Christ. Alliance/ Иудейско-Христ. Союз 

Bond with Science/ Связь с Наукой

USA-Israel Unity/ Общность США и Израиля

Judaism in Politics/ Иудаизм в Политике

Unified Judaism/ Единый Иудаизм 

Weekly Journal Dialogue 

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