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A Judaism bereft of its center

Published in Times of Israel by Aryeh Ben David
Posted on May 26, 2019

I once asked a rabbi: “How is your personal relationship with God?”

Speechless, his face went white.

This time he could answer: “Never.”

I have raised this question countless times with rabbis over the past 10 years, hoping to hear something different. And yet – rabbis who have been in the field for 10, 20, and even 30 years have all reacted the same way. In the last five years, since beginning Ayeka’s work in day schools, I have put this question up to teachers – who have also answered similarly.

We have lost our center. We have become a God-less people.

The Jewish people brought the idea of God to the world: a monotheistic God; a God who is not distant but interacts in our lives; a God who is a benevolent creator; a God who communicated directly with our ancestors for centuries.

Now God is the one subject we don’t talk about.

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