A. How about this analogy: Think of G-d as the god of computing. There are Apple computers and PC’s. Think back to the day when these two systems were more unique and distinct and less compatible (when Macs couldn’t run Windows, and Apple devices weren’t as mainstream as today, etc). Both are functioning and useful state of the art computers, with all that implies. But Apple is more of its own thing, with specific hardware and software, more of a closed and defined system. PC’s have more flexible requirements, with more interchangeable parts. In terms of price, parts and service; PC’s are more accessible.

This isn’t a discussion about which system is better, as there are advantages and disadvantages to both. The main point of this analogy is that both are computers and both can entertain, engage and get things done, but one has a more specific model and the other is more open and flexible. The same can be said of Jews and non-Jews. We all can – and ought to – serve G-d. But Jews have a very specific and detailed system of doing so, i.e. the Torah. Whereas non-Jews, who also bound by the Mitzvot (commandments) in the 7 categories of Noah’s Mitzvot, have a much more flexible and open system. A Jew can’t serve G-d by having a pork-roast with the family, a non-Jew can. Jews are obligated to observe the Sabbath or holidays – recognizing G-d’s role in our lives – in a formatted way, whereas non-Jews can do it in any way they choose that is meaningful for them.

(Ironically, the people who are most likely to ask this question, are usually Jews who would personally prefer a much less formatted, open and flexible service of G-d).

I don’t think of G-d as Jewish, aside for to the Jews. G-d relates to each of us, Jew or non-Jew, individually and collectively, according to who we are, and our mode of connection.