The God Upgrade: Finding Your 21st-Century Spirituality in Judaism's 5,000-Year-Old Tradition


by Rabbi Jamie Korngold

The God Upgrade: Finding Your 21st-Century Spirituality in Judaism's 5,000-Year-Old Tradition
Publication date: 2011-03-21
Number of pages: 156
ISBN: 9781580234436
The biggest stumbling block when it comes to religion is God, even for an ordained rabbi who admits her rational mind "just can't buy into a God in the sky who writes down our deeds and rewards and punishes us accordingly."

But not being sold on an intervening God shouldn't bar you from living a vibrant and fulfilling Jewish life. The God concept has seen many upgrades over the centuries and it is these reinterpretations that have kept Judaism relevant

In this provocative look at the many faces of God, Adventure Rabbi Jamie Korngold examines how our concept of God has changed over the centuries, and how these changes have shaped every aspect of Judaism. She shows that by upgrading our God concept to one that is aligned with our modern sensibilities, the result is a Judaism that is both meaningful and accessible.

In an exploration energized with enthusiasm and humor, Rabbi Korngold looks at God concepts ranging from the earliest perspectives to some of the most influential modern theologies. Ultimately she introduces a concept of God that speaks to the issues of the twenty-first century.

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

  • Introduction: Running God System 1.0 in a 2.0 World
  • Part I: THE ISSUES WITH GOD 1.0
    • Chapter 1: Looking for Lightning
    • Chapter 2: They Taught You That in Sunday School?
    • Chapter 3: God Envy
  • Part II: UPGRADES THROUGH THE CENTURIES
    • Chapter 4: God 1.0--When the World Was Flat, God Had It Easy
    • Chapter 5: God 1.1--Therapist with Superpowers
    • Chapter 6: God 1.2--On the Farm with God
    • Chapter 7: God 1.3--Discovery of the Afterlife
    • Chapter 8: God 1.4--Arguing with God
    • Chapter 9: God 1.5--Maimonides on What God Is Not
    • Chapter 10: God 1.6--Spinoza's Spin on God
    • Chapter 11: God 1.7--Rabbi Harold Kushner on When Bad Things Happen
      to Good People
    • Chapter 12: God 1.75--Rabbi Harold Schulweis Says God Is in the
      Grammar
    • Chapter 13: God 1.8--Rabbi Martin Buber's I-Thou
    • Chapter 14: God 1.9--Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Praying with
      Our Feet
  • Part IV: GOD 2.0--GOD IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
    • Chapter 15: God and the Big Bang
    • Chapter 16: Finding God on a Mesa
    • Chapter 17: According to What Authority?
  • Part V: JUDAISM 2.0--A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF GOD ENABLES A NEW UNDERSTANDING
    OF JUDAISM 
    • Chapter 18: Why Do I Feel Attached to Judaism Even Though I Never Go
      to Synagogue?
    • Chapter 19: Who Wrote the Torah?
    • Chapter 20: Does God Hear Our Prayers?
    • Chapter 21: My Life Is Already Overbooked. Why Should I Make Time for
      Judaism?
    • Chapter 22: What Happens When We Die?
    • Chapter 23: Judaism 2.0--The Upgrade
  • Acknowledgments
  • Appendix: 36 Large and Small Ways to Make Judaism Relevant and Meaningful
    in Your Life, Especially If You Don't Believe There Is a God Up in the Sky
    Who Can Come Down Here and Fix Things!
169129 Rabbi Jamie Korngold, Jamie S. Korngold
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