Join 400,000 Aish subscribers
Get Email Updates
God split the sea. What miracle can we do?
Two remarkable women in my family personify two disparate attitudes about life.
Covering up the abusive treatment of women in Muslim-majority countries.
Passover and the redemptive value of Jewish identity.
French anti-Semitism and French aliyah skyrocket on parallel tracks.
Meet Rose Marchik, a Jewish foster mother who has cared for over 150 children.
One quick and easy thought.
My 10-year-old son and his friends want to cross a busy street by themselves and get ice cream. Should I let him?
What one 8 year old boy asked his father at the Seder.
Slaughtering the Pascal lamb represented breaking free from predetermined forces beyond our control.
It took a tragedy to trigger my crisis of atheism.
If you can only take one thing from the fire.
Ask questions, tell stories and make learning fun.
Looking for some different fare this year? Try these recipes.
Parenting and counting the Omer.
We broke up a year ago. Should we give it a second chance?
P.D. Eastman’s children’s book is really a tale about searching for your soul mate.
Being proactive in dating.
Unique lessons for Egyptians and Jews.
The month that moves us out of being enslaved to our egos.
What is behind the most famous Jewish prayer?
Practical and relevant insights on the weekly parsha.
Lessons, stories and discussion questions for parents and kids.
Stories, lessons and insights on the weekly Parsha
Most of the Israelites didn’t leave Egypt. How do we become free?
Aish.com’s parody from Disney’s Frozen.
What if Moses had Facebook?
The Exodus story set to Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody."
Our modern take on the ancient plagues.
On a recent seder night, I experienced a redemption of sorts and a reminder that God knows what we need and sends it when we need it.
What is the key to praying?
If today’s media told the Passover story. Aish.com's new Passover video.
God’s first message at Mount Sinai reminds us that He’s always here.
Why was the first Seder celebrated when we were still slaves in Egypt?
February 9, 2008
March 27, 2008 11:11 PM
this snippet shows why a human could never be divine- we would run the world according to our own thinking- a proof G-d is not human and does exist
March 3, 2008 7:19 PM
this is heresy
G-d runs the world the best way. if we think we would run the world better we are wrong. G-d has a plan for everything we don't always understand it because we are here on this earth for only a breif period of time and G-d has always been here and will be here for all eternity
February 23, 2008 8:00 AM
From a Christian point of view I could see how my beliefs could get carried away. The big question is are you making fun of Christians and what they believe? I enjoy this newsletter.
February 14, 2008 10:56 PM
The problem with Bruce
Beverly Kurtin writes, "Methinks that Bruce Almighty should go down as one of the best movies of all times for one reason alone: It is a laughfest and what can be wrong with laughter?"It was indeed a laughfest. Unfortunately, it was also a foul language fest. Evan Almighty was much better in that regard.
February 14, 2008 4:38 PM
If I were God I would bring world peace .I would break down the walls that seperate people in this world and all souls woulds be unified although different . All problems would not be that big because there would be a unifing spirit connecting all . All would know it . I would rid evil and only goodness would rule . Love would be the most unifying thing to all people. Sin would be bannished. Light would rule and there would be no shadows . I would redecorate the earth with buildings made of jewels and gold out of the highest mountains and light and beauty would illuminate from them . They would be majestic. I would build a highway going to the east gate of Jerusalem , it would circle the whole earth and be made of pure gold so that all nations could come to it. I would plant healing things for all people. I would make all people planters and builders and creaters. I would create a beautiful mighty river that would flow all around the earth ,filled with healing waters for all people. Because of the healing waters trees and plants would grow from it on each side , the leaves would heal the nations from sin. I would beautify people and they would reflect like a glowing flame, light like the sun would flow through them . The light would be as love flowing out. Thats would I would do, bannish suffering evil death hatred and let the good rule.
February 14, 2008 4:34 PM
What Would I Do If I Were God?
Well, I'd tell a few choice people I'd see them in Hell...:-) May the Real One bless.
February 14, 2008 2:10 PM
First, to all the people who thought this smacked of Christianity...lighten up. This was just what it was, a movie, a VERY FUNNY movie. It had a message, of course, that we all know what we would do if we were God...but would we REALLY do what the real Creator has done?If I was in charge of the Universe (and I thank God that I'm not) I'd bring about universal peace so instead of wasting our precious resources warring, preparing to war, and hating others simply because of who they are...well, you get the point.I sometimes question whether there even is a God because of all the horrible things that people dream up to do to others. The Holocaust! Why would a sane God permit that? Then I see all the good people can and do for each other. So there's the other side of God.Methinks that Bruce Almighty should go down as one of the best movies of all times for one reason alone: It is a laughfest and what can be wrong with laughter?Shalom...
February 14, 2008 1:29 PM
The movie's premise
While "Bruce" contained a lot of valuable messages (I loved the scene where Bruce is driving in the rain and shouts, "give me a sign!" and a truck carrying signs saying, "turn back", "wrong way" etc. cuts him off), the premise of the movie is extremely problematic for us as Jews. In the movie, G-d is depicted simply as a very powerful being... e.g., operating within the universe and defined by His ability to perform wonders. If such a premise were true, then we could say that G-d's powers could be given to another, or acquired/developed by another being. That is tantamount to idolatry. Christianity's mistaken belief that their leader is G-d is based on the fact that he had "powers." A Jew's belief is that G-d is One, and there is **nothing** besides Him. The universe is an expression of His will and would not exist without Him.
February 13, 2008 4:44 PM
The way they are is the way they aresupposed to be or else they would be something different, yes? So what is the point of supposing?
February 13, 2008 8:44 AM
My grandson died at age of 17 years old , i will bring him back
i will help every child in the worldmy grandson died at the age of 17 i will bring him back.
February 12, 2008 7:21 PM
I enjoyed the movie more & more with each viewing-
Appreciated 7's comments and agree wholeheartedly. 4 & 5 - the movie has nothing to do with the Christian religion as far as I can recall. It's about G-d telling this guy, Bruce, "Look, if you don't like the job I'm doing- try it and see if you can do any better!" I think I'm going to go rent it again!
February 12, 2008 4:44 PM
Just to think I could be G-D feels uneasy.
February 12, 2008 11:06 AM
I've seen the movie and enjoyed it. But, if you watch closely there is another message. First, I wouldn't want G-d's job. Second, I could never do it as well. G-d gave us all free will. G-d can't make us love and respect one another. This is something we have to learn for ourselves. Only in this way will the true Messiah finally come. So, thank for the offer....but, no thanks...
February 12, 2008 10:21 AM
It is imposssible to be G-D
I cannot be G-D because I am a created being. I cannot understnd the mind of G-D because I am his creature. I cannot comprehend the Mind of G-D but I can see the footprints of a perfect Creator
You know WHO!,
February 12, 2008 10:07 AM
Come on guys, Bruce is a takeoff of the christian religion. We do not believe in a man-god, never did, never will.Besides, I'm warning you! Sincerely, You know WHO!
You know WHO!,
February 12, 2008 10:07 AM
Come on Jewlarious, Bruce is a commentary -good or bad- on the christian rreligion. We Jews do not believe in a man-god to do miracles. Hashem gave each and every one of us the potential to change the world, but we must start with ourselves FIRST. We can all be ALMIGHTY, if we reach for the stars, just as Hashem promised Abraham, "I will make your children as the stars in the Heavens...". Our hearts should forever look up to Faith in Hashem, but let us not forget that He put us here to "work" the land, ie the planet and make it a better place for the children of Adam, and that's US.
February 11, 2008 5:04 PM
Mensch for all times :)
I would make all Jews love each other, respect all other Jews, and stand up as one. This would create an unbeatable perfect world for all.
February 11, 2008 3:42 PM
I like the movie
I have watched this movie so many times, because I felt what Bruce felt. When things don't go my way, I get upset and ask G-d why. But I have learned that G-d loves me and just want me to keep in touch with Him often. He taught me that all disappointments lead to good appointments. And His Will is perfect. If I was G-D, I would do what He is doing now. It's perfectly alright with me.
February 11, 2008 2:43 PM
I would protect and bless all righteous people not only in the world to come. I would punish all dishonest (rich) people with more or less misfortune in this world and not after their death (with kehinom = hell). Hopefully this misfortune will teach them a lesson so they will repent (tesjoewah).
February 11, 2008 2:38 PM
Wouldn't Change A Thing!!
If I was G-D, I would do exactly what He is doing now. There are reasons that we do not understand about why the way things are being run, but He knows these reasons and therefore those things are happening. G-D does not have the limited mental capabilities as a human being. He is all powerful and all knowing. If I had his abilities, I would run the world exactly the way He is running it now!
February 11, 2008 12:19 PM
would probably not be so forgiving
I would be not so forging to people and bless my people more and curse their enemies
February 11, 2008 11:55 AM
I'd make people "more smarter" so they'd understand by instinct that more is to be accomplished by living in harmony with one's fellow man that trying to kill him. A kind of mundane idea, huh?
February 11, 2008 11:14 AM
if i were god, there would be peace all over the world, no sickness or disease,no wars and all the worlds people would have enough food to eat.
February 10, 2008 1:50 PM
If I Were God . . .
I'd probably do the same thing :-)
February 10, 2008 10:25 AM
If i was God i would buy myself a nice house.
February 10, 2008 9:45 AM
If I were God
If I were God, I would run the world exactly the way it is run now.(Confession: I plagiarized this answer from a great Chassidic Rebbe.)
February 10, 2008 8:20 AM
If I were G-d, I would certainly want to do for the world what I feel is right for nature and humanity. It's a big question to ask, since it most likely comes with a lot of responsibility to determine whether to answer people's prayers for either granting or denying.
Display my name?
Your email address is kept private. Our editor needs it in case we have a question about your comment.