I ask Edmund Jabès:
'You say you are an atheist. How can you constantly write of God?'
'It is a word my culture has given me'.
Then he expands:
'It is a metaphor for nothingness, the infinite, for silence, death, for all that calls us into questio. It is the ultimate otherness'. or, as he puts it later, in the conversations with Marcel Cohen: 'For me the words "Jew" and "God" are, it is true, metaphors. "God" is the metaphor for emptiness; "Jew" stands for the torment of God, of emptiness.
Rosmarie Waldrop, Lavish Absence