God: Unchanging? 

Date: Jun 12, 2023

Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Sponsor: Online Learning | Public Lectures and Events

Location: Online

Category: Online Learning Public Lectures & Events

God: Unchanging?

Monday, June 12, 1:00–2:30 p.m. 

Part of our summer learning series, The Dynamics of Change 

This session is generously sponsored by:
Yale Asbell, JTS Trustee
and by Barbara Hoffman, in loving memory of Rabbi Neil Gillman (z”l)

With Dr. Alan Cooper, Elaine Ravich Professor of Jewish Studies, JTS 

When we sing the hymn Yigdal, we declare that God is One and unique in Unity, of mysterious and infinite Oneness. The idea that God is ineffable and unchanging is embedded in Jewish (as well as Christian and Muslim) thought. While that may be true of God, however, it does not apply to the various ways of discerning God’s Presence from biblical times to the present. In this session, we will explore some of the ways in which perception of God has changed, especially in the transition from biblical religion to post-Temple and post-prophetic Judaism. 

If you have previously registered for another session in this series, your registration admits you to all sessions in the series, and you may attend as many as you’d like. 

Note: The Zoom link for this session will be in the confirmation email that you receive after you register. 


The Dynamics of Change 

Mondays, June 5–August 14, 1:00–2:30 p.m. ET 

Please note that there will be no session on June 19 or July 3. 

Change is an integral part of life and a central feature of the Jewish experience. Join JTS scholars for an in-depth exploration of significant changes—religious, political, and personal—throughout Jewish history and life. Together we’ll consider core questions such as: What inspires change? What circumstances are most conducive to change, and what (or who) drives it? How do we experience change and adapt to its impact? How can Jewish values and ideas inspire us to change the world for the better?