Who or What is God?
Who or what is God is one of the key theological questions in Judaism. In the Jewish tradition, the Rabbis tell us that we should not define God. The prevailing belief is that if we define God, we diminish His infinite presence and power.
In the Bible, book of Exodus, chapter 3, verse 14, God defines Himself. He tells Moses, My name is the essence of who I am and my name is, "I am that I am.” [In Hebrew: ehyeh ašer ehyeh.] God doesn’t live in a tree, a rock, an animal, or in the heavens above. God is an ongoing process of creativity in the universe.
The essence of God is that God is a verb. This concept of God as a verb has a long history, from ancient times to the present day. Orthodox Jews, Evangelistic Christians, secular people of all faiths and even some atheists ~ all can understand the concept that God is a verb.
It is comforting to know that though the physical body of the beloved is no longer present with us one earth, they are now at one with the ongoing process of God's creativity in the universe.
About Compassionate Jewish Cremation
Compassionate Jewish CremationTM had its genesis when an art collector asked Sherman to create a sculpture to contain her husband’s cremation ashes. Making the urn moved Sherman deeply and also inspired him. He began to create sacred Jewish urn designs such as Sh'Ma, Shalom, and secular designs such as Serenity and the Heart of Infinite Love. The Infinity Ring evokes positive concepts, reflected in the name of each urn memorial sculpture and jewelry design: Serenity, the Heart of Infinite Love, God is a Verb, Infinite Love, the Tree of Life, Sh'ma and Shalom, and the Ain Soph (The Infinite.)
Designer Charles Sherman's sculptural Compassionate Jewish CremationTM infinity ring urns commemorate a loved one with beauty and elevate the spirit of the living. He has also created corresponding fine jewelry designs, remembrance “sculptures to wear,” in sterling silver and 18 carat gold. Sherman says that his infinity ring design took years to develop and is based on an intuitive form of mathematics called sacred geometry. “The infinity ring form has no beginning and no end. My infinity ring urns both physically and symbolically represent the eternal.”
About Charles Sherman
A Los Angeles-based artist, Charles Sherman’s creative spirit led him from drawing and painting to sculpture and jewelry design. In 2002 he began creating three-dimensional forms based on sacred geometry to express the concept of infinity, especially the Mobius or infinity ring form. He has interpreted the infinity ring form in sculptures made of ceramic, bronze, Lucite, stainless steel, and glass mosaic. Beginning in 2006 he began to translate the infinity ring form into sculpture to wear, recreating his designs in sterling silver jewelry.
Each Compassionate Jewish CremationTM infinity ring urn is handmade and includes an infinity ring. The urns may be ordered in various sizes and also in multiples, in order to share the ashes of a loved one. Materials include patinated ceramic, ceramic with glass mosaic, bronze, and stainless steel. The Sh'Ma, God is a Verb, and Shalom infinity ring urns are inscribed with hand-cut text.