The awkwardness I have created in my title by the use of hyphens on either end is fully intended, symbolic of the difficulty Jews like me have finding balance between a culture and a religious tradition that often pull in opposite directions. God-talk has not come easily to Jews in recent generations, for now-familiar reasons: the age-old Jewish suspicion of claims to personal religious experience or direct divine authority; the modern suspicion that people who continue to believe in traditional religious notions have not fully come to terms with the legacy of Marx, Darwin, Freud, and Einstein, et al; Jewish reluctance to stand too much apart from the larger (and secular) elite culture of America; the formidable obstacle of the Holocaust, barring the way to confidence or willingness to accept that a supreme being of any sort is involved in the world’s history; and,...

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