There are (at least) two Jewish ways of encountering God.
The first is imitating God – doing what God does.
God clothed Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden. So, we have to give clothing to the poor.
Just as God heals the sick, we must heal the sick.
Just as God buried Moses on Mount Nebo, we must tend to burying the dead.
Amazing, actually. The small things we do have major consequences.
There is a second way of encountering God.
It is being God’s partner — picking up where God left off.
If you’re Jewish, have you ever considered how much you do in your Jewish life that is all about being God’s partner?
Just one example: saying a blessing over food.
We can’t recite motzi (the blessing over bread) over wheat. And you can’t recite kiddush over a cluster of grapes.
Here is why.
God makes wheat and grapes.
But people have to transform those raw materials into bread and wine.
But, my favorite way that Jews do the God-partnership thing is through the pursuit of justice.
(Lawyers and others involved in the legal profession: heads up).
As the Talmud states, “Every judge who renders a fair decision is like a partner of the Holy One in the act of creation.” (Talmud, Shabbat 119b).
The Talmud also promises that “a judge who decides a case in accordance with true justice causes the Shekhinah, God’s Presence, to dwell in the midst of Israel.”
By seeking justice, we can bring God into the world.
— Rabbi Jeffrey K. Salkin