So the Hebrew word emunah, wrongly translated as faith, really means faithfulness, fidelity, loyalty, steadfastness, not walking away even when the going gets tough, trusting the other and honouring the other’s trust in us. What covenant did, and we see this in almost all the prophets, was to understand the relationship between us and God in terms of the relationship between bride and groom, wife and husband. Love thus became not only the basis of morality but also of theology. In Judaism faith is a marriage. Rarely was this more beautifully stated than by Hosea when he said in the name of God:I will betroth you to me forever;I will betroth you in righteousness and justice, love and compassion.I will betroth you in faithfulness, and you will know the Lord.Jewish men say those words every weekday morning as we wind the strap of our tefillinaround our finger like a wedding ring. Each morning we renew our marriage with God.
In full: Lord Sacks speech that brought Vatican conference to its feet