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Why the name “Jewish Science”?

The name Jewish Science was chosen for a variety of reasons. To begin with, the early 1920’s found large numbers of Jews attracted to “mind science” religions that were in vogue, particularly Christian Science. Wishing to demonstrate that Judaism in fact offered similar approaches within its own tradition, the term “Jewish Science” was selected. Another reason is seen in the Hebrew term for Jewish Science, Chuchmah Yehudit. Chuchmah means wisdom and implies Jewish Science utilizes the wisdom of Jewish Tradition in its approach to G-d, to life, and to prayer. Prior to “Jewish Science”, Applied Judaism was the name given to this thinking; this term has been revived and is becoming more commonly used today as, “The Center for Applied Judaism.”