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Subject:  Re: Confused re:mapletree3 Date:  2/15/2002  10:26 AM
Author:  mapletree3 Number:  710 of 22875

So, are you an Atheist, or a Jew, or is there some middle ground I am missing here? Can one truly accept their lineage to the 12 tribes but utterly reject the existance of the Almighty?

Way confused.

Personally, I'm agnostic rather than atheist. If you had to pin me down I'd say humanist. Perhaps that does count as middle ground. Here's a link to the Reconstructionist FAQ which should answer some of your questions.

Specifically, one CAN be a Jew and an Atheist. Jew is a culture and a religion; if your mother was Jewish and you were raised Jewish then you are a Jew unless you convert to another religion, I think all the movements agree on that. Even if you decide God doesn't exist and eat shrimp & lobster for every meal. You'd just be a bad Jew.

I know some of the posters on this board don't consider me properly Jewish (although they've been kind enough not to point it out to me directly, for which I thank them) because I did not convert with an Orthodox rabbi. I don't know whether it would be OK for an Orthodox convert to not believe in God or not.

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