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Publication Date: September 1979

Publisher(s): Jewish Communal Service Association of North America)

Author(s): Howard I. Bogot

Series: Journal of Jewish Communal Service, 56-1

Special Collection: Berman Jewish Policy Archive

Topic: Culture and religion (Religion and religious groups)

Keywords: Religion; Values; Reform Judaism

Type: Report


Addressing the timeless question of why Judaism is important, the author (a Reform rabbi) suggests and explains four answers: (1) that Jewishness promotes self-esteem; (2) that Jewishness teaches us to act like a somebody before trying to be like everybody; (3) that Jewishness elevates life above the rule of machines; and (4) that Jewishness protects us from our animal nature.

In Journal of Jewish Communal Service, v.56 no.1, Fall 1979.