“On Becoming Human: In the Image of God”

Judaism seeks to increase life in this world as an antidote to death. By bringing life into the world and creating environments that recognize the sacredness of life, God becomes manifest. Though our partnership in creating life, we realize the uniqueness and divine spark within all life, and create a world that nurtures the image of God. The creation of life in Jewish tradition is accomplished classically through the commandment “to be fruitful and multiply” as well as through “rebirth rituals” such as ritual immersion, washing hands, and observance of Shabbat.