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Lawrence Bush

Jewish Currents magazine

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Lawrence Bush edits Jewish Currents magazine, a 65-year old progressive journal, and is author of "Waiting for God: The Spiritual Explorations of a Reluctant Atheist", and of "American Torah Toons: 54 Illustrated Commentaries," among other books. He previously edited the Reconstructionist movement's magazine. His writings have appeared in MAD, the New York Times, Tikkun, and lots of other places.

Judaism as a Counterculture

Testifying Against Idolatry

Identity & Responsibility, Social Justice

This is a presentation followed by discussion that contrasts Jewish values with contemporary American values, drawing upon both religious and secular sources.

My Bobe Was a Communist

Readings from "Bessie": A Novel of Love and Revolution

Arts & Performance, Global Culture & History

Readings from "Bessie," a novel about a revolutionary Jewish woman of the immigrant generation, narrated in both a first-person voice of an elderly woman and a third-person voice. An embodiment of Jewish radicalism and Jewish secularism.

Seven Stories of Spirituality

Magical Thinking versus Interconnection

Interactive, Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality

This session is based on the presenter's book, "Waiting for God: The Spiritual Explorations of a Reluctant Atheist." He will tell seven stories that demonstrate the varieties of spiritual experience and suggest a definition of "spirituality" that might satisfy skeptics and the faithful alike. Participants will pair up to describe their own stories of spirituality and discuss the content of these stories.

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