Rabbi Michele Brand Medwin, M.A.H.L., O.D., D.Min.


PART II: 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

A SPIRITUAL TRAVEL GUIDE

TO THE WORLD OF GOD: 

PART II- GOD QUESTIONS ON THE JOURNEY


TABLE OF CONTENTS


1. INTRODUCTION 

 ​​QUESTIONS, PHILOSOPHIES, OR PHILOSOPHERS 
JEWISH CONTEXT
STRUGGLING WITH GOD       
​ THE RIGHT ANSWER   
2. DOES GOD EXIST?   
IS THERE PROOF OF GOD’S EXISTENCE? 
​ IS THE GOD OF TODAY DIFFERENT? 
CAN WE KNOW GOD? 
WHY SHOULD I BOTHER? WHAT CAN GOD DO FOR ME?   3. IS GOD INVOLVED IN WHAT HAPPENS TO ME?
GOD IN OUR LIVES
GROUP RESPONSIBILITY 
BUT I AM GOOD, WHERE IS MY REWARD?  
THE GOD OF RELATIONSHIPS    
GOD FROM A DISTANCE   
GOD CAN COMFORT BUT NOT FIX   
NOT A BEING 
​ GOD IS EVERYTHING AND EVERYTHING IS GOD
4. DOES GOD CARE WHAT I DO? 
DO I HAVE TO DO MITZVOT?  
ARE DOING MITZVOT RELEVANT TO MODERN JEWS?
IS IT A SIN IF I….       
WHAT ARE CONSIDERED SINS IN JUDAISM?   
WHAT DO WE DO IF WE HAVE SINNED?  
IS IT WRONG TO BE ANGRY WITH GOD?     
IS GOD EVER ANGRY WITH ME?     
5. DOES GOD HEAR MY PRAYERS?   
PRIVATE AND COMMUNAL PRAYER  
AN ADDITIONAL DIMENSION       
DOES GOD HEAR WHAT I SAY?      
IS THERE A PROPER WAY TO PRAY?  
OUR PRAYERS ARE ANSWERED IN OTHER WAYS
SOMEONE IS LISTENING
6. WHAT DOES PRAYER OFFER US?  
PERSPECTIVE          
SELF-IMPROVEMENT      
PERSONAL HELP           
HOW TO PRAY          
7. WHY IS THERE EVIL IN THE WORLD?  
EVIL DOES NOT COME FROM GOD    
EVIL IS PART OF GOD
POST HOLOCAUST THEOLOGY        
​ IS BEING GOOD ENOUGH?           
8. WHY DO PEOPLE SUFFER?   
HOW COULD GOD LET THIS HAPPEN?
NATURE AND RANDOMNESS   
REWARD AND PUNISHMENT 
A TEST      
TO LEARN    
SHOW GOD’S LOVE   
POSITIVE APPROACH    
BEYOND OUR UNDERSTANDING    
WHY DO PEOPLE DIE YOUNG?         
HOW DO I COPE?           
9. WHAT HAPPENS AFTER I DIE? 
INTRODUCTION 
NATURE, DUST, AND ASHES  
CONCENTRATE ON THIS WORLD    
IS THAT ALL THERE IS?  
LIFE DOESN’T MAKE SENSE IF THAT’S IT 
THE SOUL LIVES ON  
VISIONS OF OLAM HABA  
DID MY SOUL LIVE BEFORE  
IF I AM BAD WILL I GO TO HELL? 
MODERN DAY NEAR DEATH EXPERIENCES
WORDS FROM A FUNERAL  
10. ARE SCIENCE AND GOD COMPATIBLE?   
DO SCIENCE AND GOD CONTRADICT EACH OTHER?  
FINDING GOD IN SCIENCE       
SCIENCE IS THE LANGUAGE OF GOD      
​ DOES IT HAVE TO BE CREATION OR EVOLUTION?     11.  EPILOGUE: A PERSONAL SPIRITUAL JOURNEY—
FROM SCIENCE TO KABBALAH