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Finding God: Selected Responses

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What is God anyway?

First published in 1986, Finding God contained essays on significant Jewish thinkers, attempting to answer the questions looming above us all: What is God? Is there more than one way to perceive of God? How can we know God? What does God "want" from us? How does God relate to me?

As in the earlier edition of Finding God, the approaches to God found in bib
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Paperback, 186 pages
Published December 1st 2002 by Urj Press (first published 1986)
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Raelyn
Jan 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My only frustration with this book is that everyone has not yet read it!!!!! Another reason I love Judaism- it's allowance for personal interpretation! ...more
Claude Smith-Kenny
Oct 20, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: judaism
A clear and concise introduction to the most well known Jewish thinkers (or groups of thinkers) and the multiplicity of what God can be in Jewish thought. Highly recommend this book for anyone unsure of how their worldview fits into their Judaism.
Angelica
Jul 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: judaism
The different ideas of Jewish rabbis and philosophers are written in a format that is easy to understand for both Jewish and non-Jewish. The book starts with the view of G-d in the Bible to the newer approaches of G-d today. Each essay gives the background of historical events as well as religious events in the philosopher's life. Main components of the philosophy with quotes from the major works of the philosopher are presented and a summary is presented at the end of each essay. It is a great ...more
Michael Burnam-Fink
Feb 04, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, non-fiction
Finding God is exactly what it says on the label, a well-organized survey of Jewish approaches to theological questions, particularly the nature of God and the problem of evil, from the Biblical era to modern thinkers. The authors are from the Reform tradition, and so this book is tilted more towards modern, humanistic, and heterodox thinkers, rather than getting deeply into any particular text or Rabbinic school. While limited by nature, and a little dated, this book is an excellent survey and ...more
Hal Schrieve
Sep 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: jewish-books
This was an interesting collection of short essays about different approaches to God within Judaism. I think in general I wished there had been more discussion of ancient dialogues about theology and direct quotations, particularly from the later scholars discussed, but as an entry level text exploring how theology in liberal Judaism has evolved and where its origins are, it is relatively comprehensive and accessible.
Oli
May 29, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: religion, philosophy
i started this book in august in sf and then forgot about it until shavuot. oops! though a bit dated at this point, it's a great starting point for learning about jewish theology. also, one of the thinkers mentioned was a rabbi at one of the shuls through which i completed giyur, so! the rating's not going through atm, but five stars. ...more
Kaiti
Feb 23, 2019 rated it really liked it
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I was expecting this to be more of an overview of different conceptualizations of god, but instead it's more a history of Jewish philosophy through the lens of views of god. Still pretty interesting, just not what I was expecting. ...more
Kylie Bean
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
A good introduction to various Jewish philosophers and theologians, putting difficult concepts in clear, concise language.
N N
Oct 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
An excellent and brief overview of very different theologies. Really opened my mind to diverse and unusual perspectives!
Brian
Apr 19, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jewish
In, Finding God: Ten Jewish Responses, by Rifat Sonsion, he describes a religion with one supreme being who has an infinite existence. An anthology of what famous rabbis and philosophers have declared to be their opinions on the topic. Examples are shown of writings from various famous Hebrew scholars from 1000’s of years ago to modern times. If you want a book containing introspection, written at a simplistic level of non-fiction, and with a progression of beliefs then this is the book for you.
Brett
Mar 02, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full disclosure, I'm Christian. But I'll try to review this from two sides.

1. The Christian side: wow, Judaism sounds almost Unitarian in its unwillingness to make any definitive statements about God. And there sure are a lot of ideas bandied about to explain how God could be anything other than Jesus.

2. The Jewish side: Look, it's pretty simple, pretty much any idea you have about God can be right, except that He can be mortal. Christians, look at all these examples, and yours really doesn't ma
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Anna
Sep 28, 2019 rated it liked it
Very informative, a solid summary of various Jewish theologies across history. Not that I found in it one that I could fully relate to. I’m just not sure why American Judaism at large glosses over or downright ignores Levinas, the classical response to Buber’s mysticism (who’s always such a major reference). I wish they’d included his work in this book.
David Rullo
Not a bad book but definitely an overview. I learned a lot but would have liked to have gone into more detail with some of the ideas presented. In this format though, depth just isn't possible. Like all good overviews, it caused me to want to dig deeper. ...more
Sophia Jones
Not rating this one because I can't really do it. It has a purpose: to introduce you to many important Jewish thinkers. It succeed at this purpose. I learned a lot and will return to this book again to refresh myself on different ideas. ...more
Tajh'
A nice overview of some of the prominent thinkers in Jewish tradition over the years. Well organized and enough introduction to encourage further reading on the ideas that may be of interest.
Jared
Jan 21, 2008 is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
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working on this but really it's been moved down the list for some more interesting and well written religion books ...more
Patricia Joynton
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
Insightful, but not the depth I expected.
KJ Stone
May 09, 2015 rated it really liked it
It's worth reading and exploring for the Martin Buber and Joshua Abraham Heschel chapters alone. ...more
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