by Mitchell Cohen
I know there is a G-d because the sun rises & sets every day
I know there is a G-d when I see children & their parents do cartwheels on the TBS lawn before Havdalah
I know there is a G-d when a friend or family member is best received with a warm hug
I know there is a G-d when I go to Torah study & learn many fascinating new things
I know there is a G-d when sick friends regain their health
I know there is a G-d because the same bird visits our house in the summer & wakes me up if I sleep past 7am
I know there is a G-d because I have been given a daunting responsibility & have chosen to embrace it, smile, & see the positives in every challenge
I know there is a G-d when I see TBS filled with hundreds of friends praying together on Rosh Hashanah & Yom Kippur every year
I know there is a G-d because I love life
I know there is a G-d because I am a Jew
by Susan Silberman
I cannot endorse the concept of an intervening God – at least not one with power. There are too many tragedies that should have been averted and too many people are rewarded who would be undeserving on any scale. God would have to be capricious or uncaring and, therefore, unworthy of devotion.
But I believe in something…. A primordial heat glows inside me when I see a beautiful sunset, share a glance with a friend, and look at my children. In a service, when we chant words from thousands of years, there is something — something binding us together. And something assures me that everything will turn out alright in the end, though there is no reason why that would be true.
I am in awe of something…