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Why Judaism?

Cohen, Henry

Why Judaism?

A search for meaning in Jewish identity.

by Cohen, Henry

  • 359 Want to read
  • 10 Currently reading

Published by Union of American Hebrew Congregations in [New York] .
Written in English

    Subjects:
  • Judaism -- 20th century.,
  • Jewish religious education -- Textbooks for young people.

  • Edition Notes

    Includes bibliographies.

    Classifications
    LC ClassificationsBM570 .C6
    The Physical Object
    Paginationxi, 171 p.
    Number of Pages171
    ID Numbers
    Open LibraryOL5105886M
    LC Control Number74178195

    The Holy Book of the Jews is the Torah; but it must be pointed out that the Jews do not worship the Torah; they worship God. Many religions have a written book. To the best of my knowledge the. The Torah outlines expectations of Jews, along with a history of the Jewish religion, through five books of Moses. These books include Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. The Torah includes more than commandments, or instructions, from God. Jews consider all commandments in the Torah important but focus on the 10 most.

      What a shock when Christians encounter a Jewish mode of reading these same books. As the Jewish scholar Moshe Goshen-Gottstein put it, . The Torah is filled with examples of the Jewish nation referred to with a singular pronoun. Ironically, Isaiah’s prophecies of persecution refer in part to the 11th century when Jews were tortured and killed by Crusaders who acted in the name of Jesus.

    To the Jewish people, the biblical canon consists of the books found in the Tanach (Hebrew Bible). The canonization process of the Hebrew Bible is often associated with the Council of Jamnia (Hebrew: Yavneh), around the year 90 C.E. Rabbi Yochanan ben Zakkai managed to escape Jerusalem before its destruction and received permission to rebuild a Author: Rachael Turkienicz. For example, the emphasis in Orthodox Judaism is the practice of the commandments of the Torah and their interpretation in later writings of the Rabbis. Many of today's books on Judaism focus on Jewish practices regarding special days (especially the Sabbath, Judaism's holy day each Saturday), holidays, and ongoing practices of the faith.


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Those changes became part of the Mishnah. Judaism is the world’s oldest monotheistic religion, dating back nearly 4, years. Followers of Judaism believe in one God who revealed himself through ancient prophets. The history of Judaism is.

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It encompasses a wide body of texts, practices, theological. Judaism does not share the Christian concept of salvation, as it does not believe people are born in a "state of sin".

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