And Deutsch seriously hold his own, taking on Sarna’s recent assertion that Heeb is part of a secularist movement.
Heebâ€™s editors represent a broad spectrum of Jewish thought. Some of us are shomer Shabbat, some are post-Orthodox, some are irreligious, some may be antireligious and most are some combination of all of the above. Individually, we have our own ideas about Judaism and what weâ€™d like expressed in the magazine, but collectively, when we put an issue together, I can honestly say that the impact it has on the religious life of the Jewish people is not at all a concern of ours.
That may sound like secularism, but letâ€™s place it in a larger historical context. When the Workmenâ€™s Circle held a party on Yom Kippur, they were making a statement. When Heeb throws a party, itâ€™s just a party. If there are people out there who confuse Heeb for Judaism, thatâ€™s kind of pathetic â€” though, as a quarterly, it does require twice as much devotion as going to temple two times a year.