Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 

G-d's Unity

Why are Jews (and their source-book, the Bible) so insistent about there being only one G-d? Would it be so bad if their were two or three?

Think about some of the other basics: G-d is all-powerful. He can do anything and there's nothing in the world that can stop him.

That is why we trust and fear G-d, and G-d alone. He is eternal He has no beginning and no end. He is all-knowing there is no barrier to His knowledge of anything in the world.

If we could imagine a G-d who is powerful, but... part of a team, then none of the above traits could be true.

We couldn't say He's all-powerful, because there would be another G-d - an equal - who also enjoys G-dly power at the expense of "our G-d."
We could no longer say He is eternal, because only a being that is infinite could be eternal, but one of a group of two or three could never be infinite. He couldn't be all-knowing, because His partner might keep secrets.

The concept of more than one G-d, therefore, isn't really a concept of G-d at all, but of a group of competing supermen. The G-d who said "I am the L-rd your G-d..." (Exodus, 20:2) and "Hear, oh Israel, the L-rd G-d, the L-rd is one" (Deut, 6:4) is much more than a superman - he is eternal, infinite and all-knowing.

Going a step further, we can say that imagining a G-d who isn't infinite, eternal and all-knowing is illogical. It just isn't G-d that you're imagining.


Rabbi Boruch Clinton teaches at the Ottawa Torah Institute yeshiva high school and Machon Sarah high school for girls (both in Ottawa, Canada). You may reach him with comments and questions at bclinton@torah.org.

You can now read some of Rabbi Clinton's essays on Torah life at http://www.ncf.ca/~es625/essays

You can also buy his collection of essays on the Book of Shmuel (Samuel) in printed form at www.lulu.com/marbitzmedia

Copyright 2000 by Rabbi Boruch Clinton and Project Genesis, Inc.

 

ARTICLES ON KI SAVO AND ELUL / ROSH HASHANAH:

View Complete List

What's in a Smile...
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5757

The First of Our Fruits
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

Staying On Top of One's Blessings
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5758

ArtScroll

Diving Deep
Rabbi Moshe Peretz Gilden - 5763

Soul of Approval
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5757

The Importance of Simcha
Rabbi Yosef Kalatzky - 5762

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Lessons on Prayer
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760

The Mystical Tug of the Shofar
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5766

Jealous of a Bird?
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5759

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Strike While the Iron is Hot
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5765

The Basket Too Has Holiness
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5766

Knock, Knock!
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5757

> A Lesson in Restraint
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5759

Hanging onto Holiness by a Thread
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5760

One Man's Curse - Another Man's Blessing
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5761

What's The Big Deal About the "First Fruits"?
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5757



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information

Copyright 2000 by Rabbi Boruch Clinton and Project Genesis, Inc.

 

ARTICLES ON KI SAVO AND ELUL / ROSH HASHANAH:

View Complete List

Month of Elul: The Power of Repentance
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

What We Really Think
Rabbi Label Lam - 5761

Elul: A Month of Preparation
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5758

> Effects of Our Enemies
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5755

The Basket Too Has Holiness
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5766

The Little Voice
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5769

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Gratitude, Jewish Style
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5767

Walk This Way
Shlomo Katz - 5766

The Sound of True Devotion
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5763

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Bond that Ties - Prayer
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5756

A Rosh Hashana Message
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5769

A Time to Remember and Be Inspired
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5757

ArtScroll

The Meaning of Life
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5770

The Art of Jewish Prayer
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5766

The Mystical Tug of the Shofar
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5766

The Egyptians Made Us Evil
- 5768



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information