Reform Judaism - The Humane Society of the United States
... that the Holy One, blessed be God, created, nothing was created without purpose.’ (Shabbat
77b) In fact, we are told in Talmud (Sanhedrin 38a) that human beings were not created
until the “sixth day so that if our minds become too proud, we could be reminded, 'Even the
gnats preceded you in creation ...
Making Jewish Sense of Paul`s Theology
... Hebrew Scripture means “directive” and sometimes “teaching”, but was expanded to include: divine teaching,
prophetic preaching, and moral exhortation. Eventually it becomes synonymous with divine revelation as a
whole. Paul’s community, like others in Asia Minor and Egypt used the Greek Septuagint t ...
Reform Judaism: In 1000 Words God
... Some of Reform Judaism’s understanding of God is instrumental, considering what trusting in the concept of
God does for us. As Rabbi Jonathan Romain puts it, trusting in God enables a Jew to assert that “the world
has a purpose, life has meaning, all people are equal, each person is unique and each ...
Messianic Judaism – Substance and Form
... Avraham, then do the things Avraham did! As it is, you are out to kill me, a man
who has told you the truth which I heard from God. Avraham did nothing like
that! You are doing the things your father does. (John 8:39-41) Then He hit them
with what is the heart of our understanding today, If God were ...
Wikipedia entry on Reconstructionism
... latter theology, Kaplan still rejects classical forms of theism and any belief in miracles, but holds to a position that in
some ways is neoplatonic.
Most "classical" Reconstructionist Jews (those agreeing with Kaplan) reject traditional forms of theism, though this
is by no means universal. Many ar ...
... huge range of ideas, questions, applications, stories, and traditions. Again, notice a “range” of interpretations.
Because of this, modern Judaism is essentially Talmudic in character. By that, I mean that its focus is on all the
various rabbinic interpretations of the Torah. The average Jew today m ...
Man as Symbol of God
... clearly based on Assyro-Babylonian models. It is not easy to decide whether
these images, found on reliefs, were worshipped as deities or were made for
the glorification of the king of the kings only. Anyhow, we do not find freestanding images or temples at this stage. With the reign of Artaxerxes I ...
UNDERSTANDING OTHER RELIGIONS
... not the Messiah. Belief in God, his law (the Old Testament), and the lawgiver (Moses) are
core themes in Judaism.
Judaism is divided into several branches (like Christianity), including Orthodox,
Conservative, and Reform Jews, and these Jewish groups have significant differences in
their beliefs and ...
Conservative Judaism - The Rabbinical Assembly
... Often, the Mishnah postulates the overlap of the People( Am Yisrael) and
the Land (Bretz Yisrael), the two primary concentrations of holiness. Even
withln the Tannaitic period, however, the existence of significant Jewish populations in Syria, Egypt and Babylonia required some adjustments to the
... Reconstructionist Jews understand Judaism primarily as a spiritual path, the means by which the search for
ultimate meaning in life is conducted. God is the source of meaning, the power within that urges us toward
generosity, responsibility, concern and self-fulfillment. God is found when we look f ...
Our Covenant With Stones - The Rabbinical Assembly
... Often, the Mishnah postulates the overlap of the People(v4w Yisrael) and
the Land (Eretz Yisrael), the two primary concentrations of holiness. Even
within the Tannaitic period, however, the existence of significant Jewish pop
ulations in Syria, Egypt and Babylonia required some adjustments to the
Contemporary Questions about Covenant(s)
... B. How would a "Jewish theology of Christianity" (or of Judaism in relation to Christianity)
reckon with the Church's self-understanding, especially its convictions that Jesus is Lord,
God's Word Incarnate? A theology of revelation is relevant here.
Speaking of revelation, I would like to end with a ...
... exactly dynamic but the way we experience these truths is. Truths like: things come and go;
there is pain; there is resilience; and so forth are in my mind in some essential way not
dynamic, but the way we experience and interpret them is dynamic and the way they show
up in our lives and communities ...
Principles of Judaism
... beliefs from their social, economic, or political lives. Each event in their
history reflected God’s plan for them. In time the Israelites came to see
themselves as a religious group. They began to collect their stories in what
would become the Hebrew Bible. The religion we know as modern Judaism
613 Commandments - Grasping God Homepage
... Humble Jewish rabbis over the centuries have uncovered Isaiah 53 from its concealed position.
Historically, many false teachers of Judaism, in their failure to reconcile this chapter with the
truth, have instead buried it. Most Jews aren't aware of this practice by certain, befuddled Jewish
to a pdf of Reform Judaism in 1000 Words: Torah
... of Moses from Sinai) presents a position in which every story should be read as ‘true’ and every law as binding
– for all of them come directly from God. In this model, the primary human exercise is to engage with the text
– to engage in interpretation of this core work to understand what the law me ...
Judaism and Christianity - The Twain Shall
... Bible, though they are not organized in the same way (i.e., Torah, Prophets,
Writings), nor do they appear in the same order. The Roman Catholic Church,
the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Armenian and the Ethiopian Oriental
Orthodox Church include in their renditions of the Old Testament several
Why at all do we need Halakhah
... There are two basic approaches to the service of God: love and fear.
We are not dealing here merely with two different emotions between which
one may alternate, but with two entirely different approaches to religious
life. The approach of love sets as it ultimate goal intimacy with God and
EP Sanders, Paul and Palestinian Judaism - S
... position in his understanding of “ Paul and Palestinian Judaism." Even a
thorough reading of his book is not enough to precisely figure out
Paul ’ s relation to Judaism. To say that the differεnce between Judaism
and Christianity in Paul is insufficienr
Presentation - St John in the Wilderness Adult Education
... framework of a theology of a just and merciful God,
man must survive the grave, or justice cannot be
done. This world on its own hardly serves, for the
wicked prosper and the righteous suffer. … the
righteous, who will stand in judgment and enter the
world to come, must by definition encompass in
THE MESSIANIC IDEA IN HELLENISTIC JUDAISM by Dr. Yehoshua
... When Philo tells of the captors setting them free “for they were ashamed
of ruling over their betters”, one has to see the ethic-pacifistic censuring
with which he filters his sources, which probably told of military victories.
The notion that political relationships need moral justification by the ...
8: Historical Background: The Abrahamic Faiths
... All of the monotheistic faiths share a belief that God, the Creator, has “spoken” to
humankind over time. The word for this divine communication is “revelation.” It comes from
the word “reveal” (to make visible or apparent). Adherents of the Abrahamic religions
believe that God revealed Himself to c ...
printable PDF version
... 2. The second theocentric approach to observance also stresses the
partnership of God and man. The Torah and the
Jewish principles of faith
There is no established formulation of principles of faith that are recognized by all branches of Judaism. Central authority in Judaism is not vested in any person or group - although the Sanhedrin, the supreme Jewish religious court, would fulfill this role when it is re-established - but rather in Judaism's sacred writings, laws, and traditions.The various principles of faith that have been enumerated over the intervening centuries carry no weight other than that imparted to them by the fame and scholarship of their respective authors.Judaism affirms the existence and uniqueness of God and stresses performance of deeds or commandments alongside adherence to a strict belief system. In contrast to traditions such as Christianity which demand a more explicit identification of God, faith in Judaism requires one to honour God through a constant struggle with God's instructions (Torahs) and the practice of their mitzvoth.Orthodox Judaism has stressed a number of core principles in its educational programs, most importantly a belief that there is one single, omniscient, transcendent, non-compound God, who created the universe, and continues to be concerned with its governance. Traditional Judaism maintains that God established a covenant with the Jewish people at Mount Sinai, and revealed his laws and 613 commandments to them in the form of the Written and Oral Torah. In Rabbinic Judaism, the Torahs (Hebrew ""Toroth"") comprise both the written Torah (Pentateuch) and a tradition of oral law, much of it later codified in sacred writings (see: Mishna, Talmud).Traditionally, the practice of Judaism has been devoted to the study of Torah and observance of these laws and commandments. In normative Judaism, the Torah and hence Jewish law itself is unchanging, but interpretation of law is more open. It is considered a mitzvah (commandment) to study and understand the law.The proper counterpart for the general English term ""faith"" -as occurring in the expression ""principles of faith""- would be the concept of Emunah in Judaism. The concept of Emunah, while in general translated as faith or trust in God, is described as ""an innate conviction, a perception of truth that transcends (..) reason."" Emunah can be enhanced further by the help of wisdom, knowledge, understanding and learning of sacred Jewish writings. But Emunah is not simplistically based on reason nor can it be understood as an opposite or contrast to it.There are a number of basic principles that were formulated by medieval rabbinic authorities. These principles were put forth as fundamental underpinnings inherent in the ""acceptance and practice of Judaism.""