Jewish Beliefs and Customs Essay

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“Judaism is a religious tradition of action and Jewish adherents believe people should not be judged not so much by the intellectual content of their beliefs, but by the way they live their faith.” For many adherents of Judaism knowing the sacred texts is not enough, it is the ability to carry out the beliefs and customs that counts. Judaism relies heavily on physical belief rather than intellectual, Jewish adherents have had to physically carry out these traditions for thousands of years every day for the entire lives. Modern Jewish adherents believe in three main principles to guide them through their Jewish ideology. The belief in a single God who is the creator and ruler of the universe, the concept of a moral law prescribed by God and the idea of a covenant are the three principle beliefs. Contemporary Jewish adherents such as Orthodox, Conservative and Progressive Jews profess their faith through implementing these principle beliefs physically and mentally in their everyday lives. The belief in a single God who is the creator and ruler of the universe makes clear that God, their one and only is the crux of their faith. This is demonstrated through the Great Shema, which is a prayer many Jewish adherents pray every morning. “Hear, O Israel, God is our God, God the one and only” (Deuteronomy 6:4) The Shema is a praise to God for the Jewish people as their unique God of Israel saved their traditional ancestors from slavery in Egypt over 3000 years ago. For all Orthodox, Conservative and Progressive Jews it is evident that it is not be questioned who the ruler and creator of their universe and faith is. They must not just know that God is the crux of their faith, but live it within their everyday lives through saying the Shema every morning, influencing their daily routine. Deuteronomy 10:12-13 demonstrates how this belief should be implemented in Jewish

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