God, Torah, and Israel | The Pluralism Project
In Judaism, God has been conceived in a variety of ways. Traditionally, Judaism holds that . How then can a relation be represented between God and what is other than God when there is no notion comprising in any respect both of the two, . More than 1, years after Jesus' crucifixion, the medieval sage Maimonides ( also known as Rambam) laid out in his Mishneh Torah specific things Jews. Belief in one God is one of Judaism's defining characteristics. like Martin Buber focused on the experiential relationship between humans and God. Mordecai.
The Jewish tradition is much broader than this. The result is an experience that reflects the elliptical relationship between religious practice and peoplehood. From a religious perspective Judaism may be a theistic system, but from a peoplehood perspective, it is also the group memory of the manifold communities and cultures formed by Jews through the ages.
It consists not only of Torah divine revelation and mitzvot divine commandmentsbut also the diverse cultures of the Hebrew, Yiddish, and Ladino languages. And it includes the whole range of Jewish education and family life, food and festival, music and dance, and custom and humor.
Each part of the Jewish tradition is integrally related to the whole. Jewish religion and Jewish culture are more than complementary, they are symbiotic; one is inconceivable without the other. Who is a Jew? Jews believe that a Jew is someone who is the child of a Jewish mother; although some groups also accept children of Jewish fathers as Jewish.
A Jew traditionally can't lose the technical 'status' of being a Jew by adopting another faith, but they do lose the religious element of their Jewish identity. Someone who isn't born a Jew can convert to Judaism, but it is not easy to do so.
Judaism means living the faith Almost everything a Jewish person does can become an act of worship. Because Jews have made a bargain with God to keep his laws, keeping that bargain and doing things in the way that pleases God is an act of worship.
And Jews don't only seek to obey the letter of the law - the particular details of each of the Jewish laws - but the spirit of it, too. A religious Jew tries to bring holiness into everything they do, by doing it as an act that praises God, and honours everything God has done. For such a person the whole of their life becomes an act of worship.
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Being part of a community that follows particular customs and rules helps keep a group of people together, and it's noticeable that the Jewish groups that have been most successful at avoiding assimilation are those that obey the rules most strictly - sometimes called ultra-orthodox Jews.
If you sinned, how do you harm God, and if your transgressions are many, what do you do to God? If you are righteous, what do you give God?
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Or what does God take from your hand? Your wickedness [affects] a person like yourself, and your righteousness a child of humanity. A notion that God is in need of human beings has been propounded by Abraham Joshua Heschel.
Because God is in search of people, God is accessible and available through time and place to whoever seeks Him, leading to a spiritual intensity for the individual as well. This accessibility leads to a God who is present, involved, near, intimate, and concerned for and vulnerable to what happens in this world. Maimonides", who, along with several other Jewish philosophers, rejected the idea of a personal God.
Baruch Spinoza offers a pantheist view of God.
In his thought, God is everything and everything is God. Thus, there can be conceived no substance but God. Although Spinoza was excommunicated from the Jewish community of Amsterdam, Spinoza's concept of God was revived by later Jews, especially Israeli secular Zionists.