Wrestling with God and Jewish Tradition
The biblical figure of Jacob is also called Israel, the one who wrestled with God (Genesis 35:10). As the "Children of Israel," the Jewish community has carried on this legacy of wrestling with God and tradition in our attempts to create meaning in our lives. This Go & Learn guide uses the artwork of the Jewish feminist artist Helène Aylon to explore how we—as individuals and as a community—grapple with ideas about God and Jewish tradition.
- One of Judaism's great strengths is that it has maintained its roots in sacred texts and traditions over thousands of years, while also constantly changing and adapting to new conditions and communal needs.
- American Jewish feminism emerged from Jewish women’s desire to make Judaism and its practices more inclusive of women.
- “Wrestling” with God and with religious practice is an integral and important part of being Jewish.
- Why is it important to constantly be critical of Jewish law and Jewish tradition?
- What beliefs and ideals does Helène Aylon seek to express through her art?
How to cite this page
Jewish Women's Archive. "Wrestling with God and Jewish Tradition." (Viewed on July 9, 2020) <https://jwa.org/teach/golearn/jan06>.