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Are You There, God? It’s Us.

Little people, big questions

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We asked Lila, 7, Josie, 8, and Noemi, almost 5, a few questions: how do you picture God? Why does God allow evil in the world? Is God all-powerful?

You know, the little questions.

These imponderables may stump rabbis and philosophers, but children have their own ideas.

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rosmar says:

That was amazing. Those girls are smart and have fascinating minds.

I agree that sweet is good, too.

Allie says:

Wonderful! Except for the cheeseburgers. If G-d eats food, it’s probably not treif.

I loved watching them share their thoughts and then react to one another. So great!!

esthermiriam says:

He…. It?…. They almost got to She! but father question was set-up to keep that possibility pretty well hidden.

What was really nice here was that girls weren’t being patronized or their answers made fun of.

David says:

I doubt I was this articulate as a child! Truly amazing the mind of a child is.

Carny Asada says:

But it’s a GODLY cheeseburger, so how can it be treyf? Maybe he uses soy cheese.

carny asada! you funny, whoever you are.

janice says:

I’m concerned that kids of such intelligent & progressive parents have obviously been taught to think of God as a person, and most often (apparently) as a male person. I suspect this is a significant cause of so many Jewish kids’ discarding religion altogether, until and UNLESS they come to a more sophisticated conception later in life that makes sense to them. I don’t think it’s a developmental necessity to talk to kids about God in this simplistic/infantile way that they are almost sure to find absurd within a few years.

Linda says:

Why would you ask about God’s capacity as a father instead of or in addition to God’s capacity as a mother?

That notwithstanding, these kids are fabulous. You can see hints of the wonderful women they will become.

in my family we actually do talk about God as being without gender. i know it doesn’t sound that way in the piece!

Linda says:

Society is powerful. Remember this riddle from the 1970s: An ER surgeon sees the accident victim on the operating table and says: “I can’t operate on this child–he is my son!” The surgeon is not the boy’s father. Who is the surgeon?” Imagine my distress not even 10 years ago when my raised-in-a-feminist-household daughter heard the riddle never considered that the surgeon is simply the boy’s mother. She did, however, express surprise when learning that boys, too, could become dentists. She is now almost 18 and has taken to refering to God as the Kadosha Baruch Hee :)

I came across your blog’s link put up by a friend on Facebook. Thanks for putting useful information on the world wide web. It’s hard to come by these things these days.

I saw this really good post today.

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