Doug, Many years ago, a rabbi stated that God needs help from humans to solve the world's problems. It sounded strange to read it back then. But considering the problems we have now, his statement may have some merit.
I find it fascinating how the Jewish religion is evolving. I've read on the internet that there are some rabbis who don't believe in the existence of God. If that's the case, these rabbis and their flock will be punished by God for violating their covenant with Yahweh. An orthodox rabbi stated that non-practicing Jews will be persecuted by the Arabs. From what we see in the Middle East today, this statement appears to be true.