By Rabbi Arthur Waskow (August 2009)
Theology matters. The ways we understand God have deep effects on how we understand and shape the world.
The recent publication of two books -- one called The Passionate Torah: Sex and Judaism, edited by Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg; the other, New Jewish Feminism, edited by Rabbi Elyse Goldstein -- invite, even incite, us to renew both our metaphors for God and our behavior in the world.
Though, both, obviously, focus on Jewish thought and practice, what they have to say is relevant to other religious traditions with a long patriarchal history. Both are anthologies, with articles from a wide variety of writers, scholars, rabbis.