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A secular Jewish religion?

Secular Judaism should become a separate denomination, argues a new book - a bit too vigorously.

By Matthew Reisz   November 2003

Book: Secular Judaism Author: Yaakov Malkin Price: (Vallentine Mitchell, ?17.50)

“Secular Jewry knows what it wants,” proclaims Yaakov Malkin of Tel Aviv University, “but it has no clear vision of how to get there. Replacing that confusion with clearly defined principles, objectives and methods is its major task.” For Malkin, secular Judaism is something more serious than a pick-and-mix lifestyle choice. He sees it as a separate denomination alongside orthodox, reform or conservative Judaism, a way of life which has, or ought to have, serious philosophical underpinnings.

There are many non-religious Jews who accept the Bible as the central source…

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