I would like to take issue with Arthur Green’s response. I do not proclaim myself a secularist at any point in the essay and I am in fact not a secularist. I am a deeply religious person even though that is not rooted in a sense of God and spirituality; this is one of my
Tzemah Yoreh: I am an apikores (a heretic) in the learned tradition of Ecclesiastes, Elisha ben Abuyah, and Baruch Spinoza. I am a scholar of Jewish texts, yet constantly doubting. I have my place in traditional Judaism, a place with which I am content, and it is not a spiritual place.