No God? No Problem: A Non-Believer’s Quest To Pray
By Elana Estrin
Published January 13, 2010, issue of January 22, 2010.
When Tzemah Yoreh opens his prayer book, he recites the following passage: “I will pour out my heart. But to whom? Why, oh why, do you not exist, my God?”
You can’t find those words in any synagogue’s siddur - at least not yet. Yoreh prays from “Liturgical Experiments: A Siddur for the Skeptical,” the tentatively titled atheist-feminist siddur he composed.
“I don’t think belief in God is a necessary component of being Jewish,” said Yoreh, 31, an assistant professor of Bible at the American Jewish University in Los Angeles. . . .