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Whither The God of the Prayer Book

Posted by Admin on April 6, 2009

We are delighted to announce that Rabbi David Goldberg, Emeritus Rabbi of the Liberal Jewish Synagogue London, will address the Glasgow Jewish community on Sunday 26th April 2009. The meeting will be held at Calderwood Lodge Primary School at 8.00pm.

He will discuss his controversial thesis that “The God of the Prayer Book is Dead”. In a provocative article published in MANNA, the quarterly magazine of Progressive Judaism, Rabbi Goldberg challenged Judaism’s conception of God. He concluded “. . . it has become increasingly problematic for most of us, Rabbis included, to pay lip service, even twice a year, to the unchanged supernatural, omnipotent, omniscient just, judgmental God of our prayer books. Such a God is, literally, beyond belief in the modern scientific world. Yet apart from Mordechai Kaplan eighty years ago, I can think of no recent Jewish theologian, Orthodox or Progressive, who has attempted to redefine the nature of God, or tackled the barriers to faith caused by the arcane concepts we still use to describe the Deity’s attributes . . . Only a fool – or a fundamentalist – doesn’t have doubts”.

Rabbi Goldberg has served the Liberal Synagogue since 1975. The synagogue is one of the oldest, largest and most prestigious Progressive congregations in the world. He was educated at Manchester Grammar School, Oxford University and Trinity College Dublin and he received his rabbinic ordination from Leo Baeck College in London in 1971. He is a regular contributor on religious and political topics to the BBC and leading newspapers such as The Times, Sunday Times, The Guardian and Independent. He is a long time advocate of Israel-Palestine peace. In 1999 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the International Council of Christians and Jews for his “outstanding contribution to interfaith harmony” and in 2004 he received an OBE for his services to interfaith work.

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