What is Secular Orthodox Judaism?

Civil-Ritual Judaism in the 21st Century

Secular Orthodox Judaism

No, this is not an oxymoron, nor is it an impossibility. The foundation for it is clearly laid in Torah’s Judaism. So, the questions are: What is it? And, what does it look like in lifestyle practice?

We are communities of civil-ritual -based ethnicity-centered Jews, that are focused on the preservation and survival of the Jewish family-nation and way of life. Our communities revolve around Torah Judaism, as it can be applied effectively in today’s times. We fully embrace this science-based changing world of humankind, while striving to embue it through our way of life with the pillars of emunah, resolved-commitment to the Jewish way, and tsedakha, healing the world through Torah required social justice.

We do have Rabbis. But, they are law and ritual Rabbis, not religious Rabbis. Leader of the community, and preservers of the ancient ways. They are our Teachers and Decision-makers on the application of Torah law. We have community centers, commonly known as synagagoues. They are the heart of community togetherness for civil-ritual law study, community rituals mandated in Torah, and for education (both secular and ethnic).

It’s all about the mitzvot, folks. Without this, there is no Jewish family-nation and tradition. We hold Torah’s laws as all that is core binding, and reserve the works of halakhah made since as guides to applying Torah law in today’s times (references from which to build from, if it apples to modern situations).

We do not ascribe to modern “tenets of faith” or eschatology. For, Torah is clear that “faith-based” religiosity is not needed to be Jewish, and Torah already established a clear eschatology for us to be focused on a long time ago. That of the survival of Klal Yisrael as a family-nation-hood, not as a religion.

Our religiosity with the continuance of our language as a living language, our land of Israel as a Jewish state, our civil-ritual laws and holidays and a means of tribal-ethnic connection, and the preserverance of our entire historical ethnic way of life is the core foundations we build upon within our communities.

Yes, our daily, weekly, monthly, and yearly rituals are in continuity with the whole of Judaism. But, they are noticeably different in our application and approach to ritual, which can only be truly appreciated by joining in with us.

We speak, read, and write in daily conversation modern Ivreet (Hebrew) amongst us, and the mixtures of our host nations languages. We strive to promote bilingual fluency amongst each other, and do this with great pride – being each other’s teacher!

We are welcoming of all Jews who are looking to experience a fully Torah based Judaism, and encourage your presence and participation in our communities.

Requirements of Torah Judaism:

Speak and read Ivreet (Hebrew). – If you need to learn it, then do so. So, that you and your children are speaking it at home.

Observe Torah’s mitsvot. – Torah’s civil-ritual laws for the Jewish family-nation, the still relevant and ethic ones, in its modernly applicable forms. The rest, outdated and immoral ones, are to be taught as “this is what we used to live by as a people.” Observing the added halakhah of modern religious Judaism (Talmudic law) is okay, too, just not necessary.

Understand and teach to your children that this is civil-ritual way of life, not religious way of life. – Torah never asked for the Jewish family-nation to become a world religion, but rather maintain its place as a constitutional enjoined world nation.

In Torah Judaism there are: No tenents or articles of faith/belief. No eschatology, beyond the preservation of Israel. No 100 blessings a day. And, no spending your everyday life in a synagogue church. — This is NOT religious Judaism! It is Torah’s Judaism, the ethnocentric civil-ritual national focused way of life of our ancient ancestors and of our Jewish descendants today.

Torah is not a religious writing, contrary to popular misbelief. Torah is an ancient law code for a national way of living. A written codification of ancient Jewish tribal legends and laws. The civil-ritual constitution and justification of a family-nation. So, in this “Post Denominational” Judaism as-a-“religion” age of Jewishness, the big question is: Why does Judaism have to be religion at all? Especially, when it didn’t start out as such, but rather as family-tribal nationalism. We have a choice here in this modern time of self-reflection on what it means ethnically, culturally, and intellectually-emotionally as Jews to be Jewish. We have a definite and clear choice. The choice of re-embracing Torah Judaism, the civil-religion of our “national” based and focused ancestors, or to continue the “religious” tradition approach that is so very recent in our Jewish historical experiencing. Which will we choose for our future, for the Jews yet to come? The ‘oh, we’re just another world religion,’ or the ethnic based way-of-life family-nation that our ancient ancestors meant us to be?

Interested in learning more? Read the essay, What Does It Mean To Be A Traditional Jew? Civil-Ritual Judaism in the 21st Century!
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