Beliefs & Practices

Must a Jew Believe in God?

The centrality of God in Judaism may not be as straightforward as you think.

Beliefs & Practices

Are Jews the Chosen People?

And what does chosenness mean anyway?


God 101

In Judaism, who or what is God?

God Quiz

Jewish conceptions of God have varied through the ages.

Suffering & Evil 101

Why do bad things happen to good people?

Loving and Fearing God

Should Jews feel one emotion over the other--or both equally?

Is God Listening?

Prayer remains vital to our religious experience, even if God doesn't swoop down to remove tumors.

Does God Hear Our Prayers?

Traditional Judaism answers with an emphatic "yes!"

God’s Gender: A Traditionalist View

If we reject male God language, we lose a powerful metaphor: the husband-wife relationship between God and the Jews.

Modern Jewish Views of God

Modernity raised serious challenges for traditional conceptions of God.

Maimonides’ Conception of God

The Guide for the Perplexed tells us more about what God isn't than what God is.

How to Talk to Your Kids About God

Most young children have some concept of God. It is important to respond to their questions with sophistication and honesty.

Did God Write the Bible?

Evidence indicates that the Bible, in the form we have it, is a human document, but that does not mean it is not sacred.

The Feminist Critique of God Language

A survey of Jewish feminist challenges and responses to traditionally male language for God.

Early Jewish Conceptions of God

Early Jewish literature was not concerned with proving God's existence or categorically defining God's nature.