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Worship a God Beyond Imagining

Religion is only as healthy or as sick as our imaginations allow.

Q: When I see Muslim women in traditional dress I see them as sexualized and oppressed rather than modest. Am I right?Rabbi Rami: Patriarchal societies often fetishize the female body. Some do so by covering it, others by uncovering it. That said, compare the images of women in contemporary urban Islamic magazines like Brownbook with the images of women in, say, Vanity Fair. Which sexualizes women more? The key for me isn’t more clothing or less, but empowering a woman to challenge her culture and dress as she chooses.Male Gods are bullies. Even if they don’t start out that way (Jesus of Nazareth) they become that way (Christ of the Church). I believe God is a loving mother rather than a sadistic father. Is this OK?I also experience God as Mother, both loving and fierce. Just don’t mistake your image for reality. The problem is that we tend to worship the god of our imagination rather than the God beyond imagining. Religion is only as healthy or as sick as our imaginations allow.In the Bhagavad Gita, Krishna says he answers all prayers regardless of which name people pray in. But I was taught that if w …

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Rabbi Rami Shapiro

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