At the very heart of the complex dynamic that is Judaism dwells God. Complicated by millenia of discourse around the who and what, it is easy to lose sight of God in the many definitions that attempt to capture the divine. When discussing God, the challenge is to have an eye open to both the experiential encounter as well as to an understanding of the theological issues that surround this encounter.

God: Our Central Questions

1. Empiricism and God: Can the existence of God be proven?

2. Educating about God: How should we educate people about God?

3. God and Crisis: How can God be found after trauma?


In this episode of the 18Forty Podcast, we sit down with Rabbi David Aaron, author, thinker, and educator, to discuss what God is and isn’t.
In this episode of the 18Forty Podcast, we sit down with Dr. Aaron Segal, philosophy professor and student of both Rav Aharon Lichtenstein and Alvin Plantinga, to discuss God from the perspective of analytic philosophy.
In this episode of the 18Forty Podcast, we sit down with Rabbanit Rachelle Fraenkel—speaker, educator, and yoetzet halacha— about the effects of tragedy on emunah.




Why Does the World Exist?: An Existential Detective Story

Jim Holt

The question of existencewhy there is anything rather than nothingis one of the fundamental questions of philosophy and theology. Why would God create a universe and what are we to make of the somethingness of this world? Jim Holt, a journalist and author, tackles this heavy question in a style that is both deeply sincere and lightly humorous. Holt approaches the question of existence from a human perspective, as he puts profound philosophical dilemmas in a touchingly personal key. Check out this book if you are curious about the ways the nature of our universe could inform your perspective on your own life. While not written from a Jewish perspective, Holt’s book dances through questions in a humble and humorous way that makes it worth reading for anyone. This book pairs well with The Last Superstition: A Refutation of the New Atheism by Edward Feser, which takes aim at the broader questions of proving God’s existence.