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Animal Ethics

In these and similar verses, body parts and the actions attributed to them are used metaphorically even when speaking of humans. It is this secondary, metaphorical use of such words that is always intended when speaking of God. So, when the Torah says, “the eyes of God are always upon it” (Deuteronomy 11:12), it doesn’t mean that God has eyes, just that He is paying attention. When it says, “God heard” (Numbers 11:1), it doesn’t mean that He has ears, just that He is aware of a matter. (The Rambam notes that it is implicit in God “hearing” that He takes action in response. This is evident in such verses as “I will hear his cry” (Exodus 22:22). It wouldn’t be of much use for God to hear the cries of the oppressed if He didn’t plan to do something about it!)

We see from all this that there is no compelling reason to attribute to God such bodily parts as hands and such physical activities as motion. The Torah uses these things metaphorically even when speaking of man, all the more so in reference to the Divine.