Meaning comes not from systems of thought but from stories, and the Jewish story is among the most unusual of all. It tells us that God sought to make us His partners in the work of creation, but we repeatedly disappointed Him. Yet He never gives up. He forgives us time and again. The real religious mystery for Judaism is not our faith in God but God’s faith in us.
Lord Jonathan Sacks, the 2016 Templeton Prize laureate, is the former chief rabbi of the U.K. and the Commonwealth. The most recent of his many books is “Ceremony and Celebration: An Introduction to the Holidays” (Maggid Books).