God is all that is, was, and ever will be, and more. God is also all that makes possible the transformation from “that which is” to “that which can and ought to be.” That “can and ought to be” includes a world based on love; caring; kindness; generosity; joyful cele bration with awe, wonder, and radical amazement at the grandeur and mystery of the universe; social and economic justice; peace and nonviolence; living in harmony with the earth and each other; and playfully celebrating our freedom and the development of our understanding of ourselves and our world.

But that is not the whole story of God, only the most uniquely Jewish and revolutionary aspect. When Judaism came into existence, it did not have to invent the notion of the world as sacred — that was already common knowledge. Judaism focused on bringing to the...

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