Christianity in Jewish Terms

By Tikva Frymer-Kensky; David Novak et al. | Go to book overview

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GOD

The God of Jews and Christians

PETER OCHS


God and Jewish Tradition

The title of this chapter represents the ultimate reason we have compiled a book like this. We speak and write as members of a people pulled apart from the world and, to a degree, from other peoples only because of our relationship to the One we call Creator of the world (bore olam), Master of the world (ribono shel olam), Almighty (el shadai), Holy One blessed be He (ha-kadosh baruch hu), the Place (ha-makom), the Presence (ha-shechina), Merciful--or "womb-like"--Father (av ha-rachamim), the name YHVH who cannot be spoken, our God (elohenu).

Living still in the shadow of Holocaust, we remember, nevertheless, that we are a people of God, and we write to share with fellow Jews our sense of the meaning, joys, and challenges of being such a people in our day. One of the striking features of contemporary Jewish life is that, outside of the more traditional circles of observant Jews, Jews do not often speak and write openly about their God, even those who privately acknowledge their continued faith. This silence does not appear to be a matter of mere protest against a God who would be God in the

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