Some positions of Orthodox Judaism about G^d are fairly unknown.
1. I know, we’re told the Torah says that G^d is angry. Yet, that means: He seems angry. He wants us to know that some things are beyond the pale of the pale. Anger implies He’s not in charge. But, He is in charge. And knows it. Idols are presented as moody and irritable. G^d is mellow and loving. Yet, when we’re angry, He likes us to tell Him exactly. No need for flattery.
2. They say that when disaster befalls us, Heaven forbid, G^d is hiding His Face. For some people, He seems to hide His Face but, He’s not. Just talk to Him. He cries with us. We couldn’t even fall since He’s holding us so close.
3. We’re told the Torah says G^d changed His Mind. He did not. It means that He changed course to say: your behavior doesn’t jive with My original Plan. Nothing can make G^d change His Mind. Rather, He arranges things so that what He does seems to react to and ‘answer’ our prayers and pleas.
4. We’re told that we can’t grasp G^d’s Mind. That is not true. He would never have created us with a brain that only can handle logic if He was beyond logic. Created in His image means that we think like Him.
5. We’re told that Angels (and G^d) have no Free Will. Not true. There is no greater Freedom than always being able to be true to Oneself. And the Fate we humans grapple with is His Will, which leads to all goodness.
6. We’re told that we can’t understand why Evil exists. That is not true. It’s harder to understand while we are hurting. But, everything, including Evil, we can recognize as part of a Benign Plan with a happy ending.
7. We’re told that G^d and Evil (the Devil) are polar opposites. Untrue. The Satan is a faithful Angel who only does G^d’s bidding. Like the resistance of a home trainer helps us, he trains us to get moral muscles and win.
8. We’re told that Faith is to accept whatever He wants. The very opposite is true. G^d presents us with facts and futures He despises. He does us the honor to oppose them. More than dialogue, He expects us to argue Him.
9. We’re told G^d and all His works are perfect. Not true. The world is raw and unfinished as a perfect invitation to team up and jointly finish the job. And, He’s perfectly fine with us making mistakes. We’re here to improve the world and ourselves. Once we’re perfect, we’ve overdone our stay.
10. We’re told G^d is mysterious, beyond this world. That is too limiting a description. However, all we can notice, His footsteps and fingerprints, His fresh whispers, and Old Scripture are all we need to get Him completely.
11. We’re told that G^d needs us. You should believe it if that helps you help Him. But, He delegates and allows us to join Him for our sake only.
12. We’re told that G^d always expects the impossible of us. Never. He just challenges us to say He knows His Shoulds enlarge our coulds.
13. We’re told that without humans, He couldn’t be King. But, His kingship doesn’t depend on humans. Not. G^d is the Ruler of the whole Universe.
14. We’re told that the highest form of giving is to humans who worked for it. So, to be the most generous, G^d needs us as recipients. That is untrue. That assumes He could have not created us. There are no parallel realities.
15. We’re told G^d likely is a psychological projection of the perfect parent we never had. More likely, we projected a perfect G^d on our parents.
16. We’re told that we always must obey G^d and only Him because He’s a ‘jealous G^d.’ Some fools would comply but not submit to their wives. Some would honor the King but not His princes as if that could please Him.
17. We’re told that we must believe in G^d. This is untrue in Judaism. We only need to act as if we really believe in Him. Our feelings are up to Him. Important is rather that He may believe in us. As long as we live, He does.
18. We’re told that G^d closely watches us to score whom to reward and whom to punish. But the Rabbis teach that G^d is thousands of times more merciful than stern and rewards thousands of times more for good deeds performed during distress. Hell is to deter and purify only, not to punish.
19. We’re told that G^d favors the Jews. Not true. Our specialness consists of higher obligations and expectations, getting more strictness, not favors.
20. We’re told G^d loves the righteous the most. But He also scrutinizes them most. He’s on the side of even wicked victims, even of the righteous.
21. We’re told that G^d is silent now, that the era of prophecy has ended. That’s only partly true. G^d speaks to us whenever we read to Torah out loud. When we study the Talmud, it is as if we argue with Him. And, when we pray to Him from the bottom of our hearts, He surely answers. Not in a booming voice but, Who do you think gives us the new ideas befalling us?
22. We’re told that G^d never changes. If He would change, we could not understand it. But He appears to us differently all the time as we change. Like the moon that ‘walks with us’ when we go for an evening stroll.
23. We’re told that G^d is no One to take lightly. However, did you never notice that He has a great, mild sense of humor and that He teases?
Don’t just believe everything you hear or read.