God in Judaism
The Jewish God is not merely a philosophical concept, a final cause which explains the existence of the universe. Rather, the Jewish God is a personal God, the true hero of the biblical stories, and a guide and mentor. In the Bible, God has one proper name and a host of other appellations.Read More
Texts and TraditionsIn the Bible
The Bible does not have a single conception of God.B'tzelem Elohim
Jewish texts teach that all humans are created in the image of God.Bat Kol - A Divine Voice
The lowest level of prophecy, but a mighty powerful voice.Angels
Messengers of God who appear in traditional texts--causing discomfort for some Jewish thinkers.God 101
All the basics you need to know.
Modern InsightsMust I Believe
The centrality of God in Judaism may not be as straightforward as you think.God and Ethics
Hermann Cohen and Franz Rosenzweig stressed the ethical implications of God.Feminist Critique
Jewish feminists challenge traditionally male language for God.Speaking to Kids
How to respond to kids' questions about God with sophistication and honesty.God's Phallus
Some feminist critiques of the Jewish God lead to surprising notions about masculinity.
To what extent do Jews believe that miracles occurred in the past and continue to occur today?Does God Hear Our Prayers?
Traditional Judaism answers with an emphatic yes.God Exists, I'll Prove It To You
Like many medieval thinkers, Maimonides formulated proofs for the existence of God.Skeptics & Spirituality
Can the skeptic embark on a Jewish spiritual journey?Unanswered Prayer
Prayer remains vital to our religious experience, even if God doesn't swoop down to remove tumors.
Books and PeopleThe Way Into: Encountering God in Judaism
A book by Neil GillmanSaadiah on God
Saadiah's rational analysis of God and Judaism set a precedent for medieval philosophers.Maimonides on God
Maimonides' theology tells us more about what God isn't than what God is.Finding God: Ten Jewish Responses
A book by Rifat Sonsino and Daniel B. SymeQuiz Yourself
Judaism may have introduced monotheism to the world, but there is a lot of variety in conceptions of that one God.