The God Upgrade by Rabbi Jamie S. Korngold
Finding Your 21st-Century Spirituality in Judaism's 5,000-Year-Old Tradition

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The biggest stumbling block when it comes to religion is God, even for an ordained rabbi who admits her rational mind "just can't buy into a God in the sky who writes down our deeds and rewards and punishes us accordingly."

But not being sold on an intervening God shouldn't bar you from living a vibrant and fulfilling Jewish life. The God concept has seen many upgrades over the centuries and it is these reinterpretations that have kept Judaism relevant

In this provocative look at the many faces of God, Adventure Rabbi Jamie Korngold examines how our concept of God has changed over the centuries, and how these changes have shaped every aspect of Judaism. She shows that by upgrading our God concept to one that is aligned with our modern sensibilities, the result is a Judaism that is both meaningful and accessible.

In an exploration energized with enthusiasm and humor, Rabbi Korngold looks at God concepts ranging from the earliest perspectives to some of the most influential modern theologies. Ultimately she introduces a concept of God that speaks to the issues of the twenty-first century.


Introduction: Running God System 1.0 in a 2.0 WorldPart I: THE ISSUES WITH GOD 1.0 Chapter 1: Looking for LightningChapter 2: They Taught You That in Sunday School?Chapter 3: God EnvyPart II: UPGRADES THROUGH THE CENTURIES Chapter 4: God 1.0--When the World Was Flat, God Had It EasyChapter 5: God 1.1--Therapist with SuperpowersChapter 6: God 1.2--On the Farm with GodChapter 7: God 1.3--Discovery of the AfterlifeChapter 8: God 1.4--Arguing with GodChapter 9: God 1.5--Maimonides on What God Is NotChapter 10: God 1.6--Spinoza's Spin on GodChapter 11: God 1.7--Rabbi Harold Kushner on When Bad Things Happen
to Good PeopleChapter 12: God 1.75--Rabbi Harold Schulweis Says God Is in the
GrammarChapter 13: God 1.8--Rabbi Martin Buber's I-ThouChapter 14: God 1.9--Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel and Praying with
Our FeetPart IV: GOD 2.0--GOD IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY Chapter 15: God and the Big BangChapter 16: Finding God on a MesaChapter 17: According to What Authority?Part V: JUDAISM 2.0--A NEW UNDERSTANDING OF GOD ENABLES A NEW UNDERSTANDING
Chapter 18: Why Do I Feel Attached to Judaism Even Though I Never Go
to Synagogue?Chapter 19: Who Wrote the Torah?Chapter 20: Does God Hear Our Prayers?Chapter 21: My Life Is Already Overbooked. Why Should I Make Time for
Judaism?Chapter 22: What Happens When We Die?Chapter 23: Judaism 2.0--The UpgradeAcknowledgmentsAppendix: 36 Large and Small Ways to Make Judaism Relevant and Meaningful
in Your Life, Especially If You Don't Believe There Is a God Up in the Sky
Who Can Come Down Here and Fix Things!

About Rabbi Jamie S. Korngold

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JAMIE KORNGOLD is a Reform Jewish rabbi. She started the Adventure Rabbi program in 2001 and has become nationally known for her pioneering work integrating spirituality and the outdoors. She was ordained at Hebrew Union College. She lives in Boulder, Colorado, with her husband and two daughters.
Published March 21, 2011 by Jewish Lights Publishing. 130 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality.

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Rabbi Korngold revels in nature, and she seeks to share that joy as founder of the Adventure Rabbi program to help people reconnect to Judaism via the great outdoors.

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Korngold, a Reform rabbi who as "Adventure Rabbi" leads outdoor hikes and retreats designed to recreate the spiritual connection between nature and Judaism, takes her 2008 book God in the Wilderness a step further.

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She looks at Maimonides (1138-1204) who brought rationalism to Judaism, Spinoza's (1632-1677) pantheistic spin on God, Martin Buber's (1887-1965) emphasis on God's presence in relationships, Harold Schulweis' teachings on God in our actions, Harold Kushner's discovery of the Divine in difficultie...

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