Study Of Judaism Essay

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Assignment:
With reference to the Jewish tradition analyse the connection between ‘the laws and the rules’ and the love of God, referred to in the quotation, as a guide in the life of adherents with reference to key beliefs, ethics and the practice of the Sabbath.

The connection between the ‘the laws and the rules and the“ love of God” in Judaism are stated clearly in the first line of the quotation…

And this is the Instruction…. the laws and the rules.
That the Lord your God has commanded (me) to impart to you, to be observed in the land which you are about to cross into and occupy……..” Deut.6.1

The sacred history of Judaism starts with Abraham, who was the first father or ...view middle of the document...

The Shema begins with the words:

“Hear, O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.
Blessed be the Name of His glorious kingdom forever and ever
And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might.” – Deuteronomy 6:4 – 9

The quotation states “The Lord is our God, the Lord is One”. This states clearly the most fundamental aspect of Jewish belief concerning God and affirming God’s oneness. The main idea of the religion of Judaism is that there is one God and one God only. He is the creator and ruler of the universe and that as the creator he is involved in everything that happens to humanity and the universe.

The morning prayer, the Shacharit, is an example of the belief in God’s oneness and uniqueness:

“Exalted be the Living God and praised,
He exists - unbounded by time is His existence.
He is One - and there is no unity like His Oneness Inscrutable and infinite His Oneness. He has no semblance of a body nor is He corporeal”.

So in their daily life Jewish people recite this upon waking, and on important occasions such as nearing death, their beliefs in God’s oneness.

Other beliefs of the adherents of Judaism include the unity of mankind and the brotherhood of all men, a belief in the resurrection of the dead and the belief in the life after death. This means they believe that the way they live now, prepares them for a life after death with God.

Another of the principal beliefs of Judaism is that every person, Jewish and non-Jewish, are created in the image of God. For this reason every person is equally important and has potential to do good in the world.

The coming of the Messiah is a belief that God’s rule will be set on Earth and the World will be perfect and all mankind will acknowledge God’s power and might.

All of these beliefs held by the Jewish adherents are an expression of their love for their one God and in doing so, they obey the Laws and rules of God in return for the love of God as set down by the Covenant.

The core ethical teachings of Judaism explain the meaning of the Jewish religion. The basis of Judaism is surrounded by the idea of ethics. The Torah, the Tikkun Olam and the Book of Proverbs are the basis of the ethical teachings. There are two key ideas that form the basis of Judaism:

1. Proper conduct between an individual and God
2. Proper conduct between one or more people

The Commandments of the Torah are at the centre of the ethical teachings. These ten statements form the fundamental code of behavior given by God to Moses on Mount Sinai. The code is divided into two parts.

The first five commandments dealt with the proper conduct that takes place between the believer and God and are concerned with the method of worship. They are:

1. I am the Lord your God. You shall have no other Gods before me
2. You shall not make any images or idols
3. You must respect Gods name
4. Remember the Sabbath day to keep it...

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