You can always keep in mind that the Torah is the world's first example of a legal society in which there is one Law for all. Even the king's powers are not absolute and must defer to the law.
Justice is also a traditional and historical aspect of Judaism. "Justice, Justice you shall pursue." While the Torah may not appear just in many ways to our modern ears, you must recognize it for what it is as a first step in the right direction.
The search for Truth is also a historical aspect of Judaism. Judaism _is_ centered around learning. And I mean real learning, not machers in kollel. If you've ever read books like Job, you'd realize that the Jews of old weren't afraid to broach some touchy topics. And again, while some parts in Judaism (especially parts of modern Judaism) seem to be against the accruement of knowledge, it is still a strong part of our Jewish heritage.
If you can understand our ancestors as a people who were breaking out of the barbarity of the ancient world and searching for truth and justice - the Torah need not be seen as a book of stories and fairy tales, but of life lessons and moral teachings.
As opposed to the Orthodox who see the Torah as the end - we can see it as the beginning of the search and conquest of understanding and goodness for humanity.
In this way it deserves our respect and for us to continue our ancestors' traditions to perpetuate such ideals.