Did God Write the Torah — and Does it Matter?

For many Jews, the Torah's authority does not derive from being a divine document.

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.

Do Jews Believe In Angels?

These supernatural beings appear widely throughout Jewish texts.

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!"

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.

Do Jews Believe in Miracles?

From the Bible to the Talmud to the Hasidic masters, miracles are found everywhere in Jewish tradition — but there is no single way to understand them.