Atheism: a False Religion

The Reading for Today: Deuteronomy 12:29—14:29

In Biblical times, atheism was never an option; this is a modern invention. Atheism, as we know it, is simply another false religion. The atheist is committed to something approaching an absolute—some “god” that he adheres to and “worships,” as did our wandering ancestors in the desert. Then there are “theists” for whom God is nothing more than a vague reality on the margin of life.

Is there any person, place, or thing elbowing a way into your life seeking to take the place that belongs to God alone?

The Sabbath Torah Portion
Reeh (Behold)

The Torah Reading for Today


Daily Bible Breaths


Version for Children and Families

Saturdays are dedicated to the Sabbath Torah portions
read in synagogues throughout the world.
This plan follows those traditions that take a third of the portion
over a three year cycle, this year, the second part.
For more about the Torah portions and thoughtful commentaries, visit
The Jewish Theological Seminary.

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One thought on “Atheism: a False Religion

  1. From the Torah commentary by Rabbi Abigali Treu for this Sabbath: Frymer-Kensky wrote in the Tikkun article: “The ultimate purpose of the Halakha* is to infuse our daily biological and social activity with a sense of divinity, purpose, and community, so that we can truly live in the path of God.” 

    *Halakah is the totality of laws and ordinances that have evolved since biblical times to regulate religious observances and the daily life and conduct of the Jewish people. (Encyclopedia Britannica)

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