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Longing to Hear Again:
Second Naivete and Liberal Judaism

Leon Morris

Ritual, Prayer & Spirituality, Text & Thought

Our childhood beliefs are challenged by what we experience later in life. Similarly, many of the Jewish People's core beliefs were challenged by the Enlightenment, biblical criticism and science. With many central myths shattered, we have found ourselves "stuck" in the stage of "demythologization." Our contemporary challenge is to creatively reclaim these ancient texts, laws, and rituals and allow them to speak to us in new ways, moving away from concern with truth toward understanding.

Leon Morris

Temple Adas Israel

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Leon A. Morris is the rabbi of Temple Adas Israel in Sag Harbor, NY. After living in Manhattan for 18 years (and serving as the founding director of the Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning for 10 of them) he and his wife, Dasee Berkowitz, moved to the East End of Long Island where together they are building community, writing, learning and spending time with their son Tamir and daughter Yael.

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