Core Beliefs of Judaism

Personal Relationship with God
Judaism primary teaching is that there is only One God, who created the universe, and that every person can have an experiential relationship with Him. They hold that God is always at work in the world and in our times to affect all that people do in their relationships with each other. This relationship God has with his people is covenantal, and for the part of the individual, trust in His goodness and provision is paramount.

Jewish view of God
Many Jews view God as a force, outside of space and time who listens lovingly to all our prayers and at times will perform miracles in the time of need. They do not believe that God is like us, but when explaining similarities may use the phrase, “so to speak.” Some say He holds the universe but is infinitely larger, while others say He IS that universe. But what remains consistent is the admission that God is unknowable and to be ultimately feared and revered.

Knowledge of the faith
The teachings of the Torah have been communicated for thousands of years. The term Torah represents the first five books of the Old Testament. Quite simply, its books tell about the beginning of time, with stories of our first parents, up through the death of Moses. But deeper than that, the Torah holds many truths which they call “the Way”. It is a life guide that unfolds in different levels of meaning according to the maturity of the reader.

Keeping God’s laws
Jewish beliefs are expected to tie in directly to the actions of their daily lives by bringing holiness into every aspect of work, play and each new experience throughout the day. There are laws for eating, drinking, marriage, and business that if followed will produce a healthy and vibrant community. The Jewish people also believe that they are God’s chosen people and are to act as a model of holiness and good morals as an example to other nations

In Judaism, community life is highly emphasized. There are many activities that families participate in to help all their neighbors who are living the faith. The emphasis of community is evident in the various prayers that they pray daily. In their prayer books, they always use the pronouns “we” and “our”, as opposed to other faiths who might emphasize “me”, or “I”. So there is a close familial bond globally in the Jewish Faith.

The faith belongs to the family
Jewish ceremonies start at a young age. A boy is circumcised on day 8 of life, as taught in the Hebrew scriptures. Additionally, there’s an intense educational process to be followed which starts early on in the child’s life. Often, children at a young age can recite by memory, large portions of the Old Testament Bible.

Many activities revolve around food and turning-point life celebrations when families come together in joy and wholeness as they witness the many blessings of their God.

 

 

 

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