Judaism Without Theology?

Jews are a people that has long battled for ideas. Can any sense of purpose be forged in the absence of theology, or a lifelong engagement with the texts of the Jewish canon?

Charlotte Markowitz, 85, congratulates Sy Laufe, 90, after Sy read from the Torah at their bat mitzvah ceremony, at the Five Star Residences in Chevy Chase, Maryland, May 14, 2016. Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images.

Charlotte Markowitz, 85, congratulates Sy Laufe, 90, after Sy read from the Torah at their bat mitzvah ceremony, at the Five Star Residences in Chevy Chase, Maryland, May 14, 2016. Evelyn Hockstein/For The Washington Post via Getty Images.

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Oct. 29 2020
About the author

Daniel Gordis is the Koret Distinguished Fellow at Shalem College in Jerusalem and the author, most recently, of We Stand Divided: The Rift Between American Jews and Israel.


Many years ago, when I was first beginning my doctoral work, among the students in the program were a few members of the Catholic clergy. As we were getting to know each other, one of them caught up with me during a break and said to me, “Tell me about your faith community.”

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