It's a well-known fact that millions of Jews have doubts about the literal veracity of Bible stories. On April 8, 9 and 15, I gave a series of sermons that emphasized the following point: faith is independent of doubt. I wanted the millions of doubting Jews to know that they can still be faithful Jews and live a life of meaning and mitzvahs.
If scholarly books are written that question the literal veracity of the Bible stories, it does not help our credibility to pretend that they don't exist. By discussing these books we maintain the Jewish tradition of sustaining faith by seeking truth.
Ignoring the books, on the other hand, conveys a message of fear: we are afraid that science will shake our faith. I don't believe it should, and that is why I spoke out.
This has always been the official position of the Conservative movement, and I believe it is an important message that can help millions of doubting Jews stay connected to their faith. If you would like cassette tapes of my talks, please contact my office at (310) 481-3318.
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