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The Ramchal in Da'as Tevunos explains that Hashem's hidden-ness is the only vehicle for fulfilling the purpose of the world. He writes that the purpose of the world is to reveal Hashem's singularity and unity, and he writes that this attribute can only be attributed through the negation of the apparition of its opposite. There is required to be a world in ...
Rabbi Yisroel Chait tackles this question and others quite effectively in his article on Torah From Sinai. Article can be found here.
This question is handled by the Rambam in the first few lines of the Yad. As I understand it, basically we do believe there's a hierarchy - which is described as layers of angels - with the higher ones having more powers than the lower ones. The very Highest Power - who is actually the source of everything - is the Being we treat as The God. The first 2 ...
Generally speaking, we believe in things that we have positive evidence for, and we do not accept skeptical questions which do not have any positive basis to them. For example, we spend our lives growing up with our parents, being cared for by them, being told that we look like them etc. etc. This all amounts to positive evidence that our parents are indeed ...
(as doubleaa pointed out in a comment) He said He is the only God. It does not make sense that a higher force would send a liar... and that liar would command us to be truthful in His torah etc. naaahhh
If you look in the Chumash, you'll see that even when people see miracles, they don't necessarily change their beliefs. Rambam explains that this is because the "miracles" are just very unusual natural phenomena. So, in other words, God's "paranormal" powers would just be perceived as "normal," because he creates reality by becoming reality. Sorry.
See here. Punchline: Ultimately, the reason why G-d chooses to conceal Himself is because G-d wants to be known rather than seen.
Hashem cannot perform a miracle to win Randi's bet because by drawing attention to a specific discrete act as paranormal, he would be implying that the creation and current existence of the world is not based on divine fiat, which would run counter to God's position.
I question your assumptions, however: The idea of "parts" does not refer to things which are arbitrarily distinct within one whole. A rubber bouncy ball is not made of parts just because it takes up space - it is all part of the same whole, as opposed to a basketball consists of the sphere which bounces, the hollow inside which maintains its firmness, and ...
בכל מאודך - with all your most... I was on a Hareidi bus to Jslm, and talking to a rabbi with my understanding of the Daf Yomi about בכל לבבך ובכל נפשך ובכל מאודך - he was at a loss. I'm telling him the פשט and he's all into what the Gemara's answer is. He did not understand my explanation at all. "What do you mean: 'what is the Gemara asking?' There's no ...
Spacial location is a property of physical matter. Because of the fact that matter is finite and cannot occupy two different places at the same time, it must occupy only a specific location. G-d is not limited by that restriction and can occupy all places at once. This does not mean that different parts or different copies of Him occupy different places, but ...
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