Getting and staying connected to God is important to me. I've been interviewing other people on the topic of Jewish personal prayer, and I'm learning that a belief in God and a desire for connection to God are simply not important to some Jews.
Honestly, it comes as a surprise to me. The intensity of my desire, persistence and tenacity to know my Creator makes it hard to understand having no interest at all in knowing and connecting with God. Learning from the people I'm interviewing is very instructive, and it's a truly sobering experience.
In a 2011 article in Moment Magazine, well-known Jewish thinkers were asked, "Can there be Judaism without belief in God?" Their responses are fascinating, and range from No to Maybe to Yes, in much more articulate terms.
Solitary Splendor is about not only believing in God, but longing for connection to God at all times.