In our broader civic context, the challenge of articulating what makes Judaism more than a faith tradition is significant. When we encounter our neighbours, co-workers and friends who self-define as “of the Christian faith,” for example, we – and they – share an understanding that their self-proclaimed religious identity bespeaks a clearly encoded practice and belief system.
We are, of course, a people as well as a religion, and our peoplehood, while rooted in a sacred canon, is not bound together by singular practices and beliefs. The range within our communities is rich and dynamic. [Read more…]