I have been blessed with a broad exposure of the typical yeshiva day school curriculum – having been a student, teacher, administrator, and board member. And it is from these vantage points that I ask why we don’t spend more time talking about God. This question applies equally to the home. We of course talk about God in relation to the biblical characters and their life events, but I am asking more broadly.
Take a look at the table of contents in Teaching Your Children About God and When Children Ask About God, and challenge yourself to answer the questions raised. Were these topics part of your yeshiva education? Would it have been helpful to your Jewish growth if they were taught? Do you feel comfortable raising these questions within yourself? Do you feel comfortable being challenged by these questions from your children?
The Rambam teaches us that the only things we can truly know about God are all the things that God isn’t. But I humbly believe that this approach does not hold muster with our generation of intellectually sophisticated, secular educated, and critically thinking individuals. We are a generation bombarded with questions and doubts both from within our Jewish walls as well as from the outside. It is incumbent upon us to be able to engage in conversations about God, even if the final response is “there is no way for any human being to fully know.”
Both books are written by non-Orthodox Rabbis and therefore some of the content does not conform to Orthodox theology. Regardless, the questions and topics raised challenge us to write our own responses, ones that deepen our understanding and closeness to God.