My nephew (on my husband’s side) is to become a Bar Mitzvah in May.
He told all of us at Thanksgiving that he is an atheist. My brother in law explained that they are cultural Jews and that the rabbi will say during the ceremony that we can pray to God, or for those who don’t believe in God, we can pray or observe whatever we believe to be true.
This is causing a bit of confusion in our family.
Don’t Jews exist today entirely because of their belief in One God thousands of years ago?
Is it wrong for a rabbi to even suggest the possibility that there is no God to a congregation of people?
Can an admitted atheist read from the Torah?
Is the coming of age in Judaism connected to God in any way?
Is it wrong to attend a religious ceremony for a person who is an atheist? (I am assuming if there is a rabbi and the Torah that it is considered a religious ceremony).
Thanks for any input - this is causing a bit of a problem in my husband’s family and with my own children. I am hoping to discuss it, not argue about it, before making a decision. ****