David Wolpe
David Wolpe

God and Gershwin

On Shabbat morning in synagogue I realized that a Gershwin lyric had a biblical root:

In time the Rockies may crumble
Gibraltar may tumble
They’re only made of clay
But our love is here to stay.

Because we read in the Haftorah from Isaiah 54:10: “For the mountains may depart and the hills be removed, but my steadfast love shall not depart from you.”

That got me to thinking anew how many are unaware of the constant theme in Judaism of God’s love. My first book, over 30 years ago, was called “The Healer of Shattered Hearts” and explored this theme, and related themes of God as close to us and guiding us. “I will love them freely” says the prophet Hosea in God’s name (14:5) and the Rabbis comment that this means “even when they do not love Me back.”

The God of Israel is a god of power and creation, to be sure. But also, a god of love. From Genesis to Gershwin, God’s love is here to stay.

About the Author
Named the most influential Rabbi in America by Newsweek Magazine and one of the 50 most influential Jews in the world by the Jerusalem Post, David Wolpe is the Rabbi of Sinai Temple in Los Angeles, California.