A Judaism that's part of the 21st Century
Though Jews have a huge appreciation for the past, and they live very much in the present Judaism is very much future-oriented.
Food for thought
What makes a Jew, a Jew
THE JEWS OF SPAIN
There are truths and there are lies
Jewish Religion in the 21st Century
Judaism exists to help human beings to cope with life, to make sense of the world in which we live.
Marriage is a sublime promise made between two human beings in love.
The promise to be sensitive to the other’s needs as one would be to one’s own;
The opening of trust that allows for shared intimacy;
It opens a new world ruled by a principle which in Judaism is called “hesed.”
The untranslatable word “hesed” encapsulates all those interpersonal values Judaism considers the highest in life: Love, respect, care, trust, loyalty, and responsibility.
And, the understanding that marriage initiates life together as a family in the community
The Hebrew scriptures
Israel’s Foundational Literature (commonly known as The Hebrew Scriptures (The TaNaKh-the Bible) defines who Israel is.
It is its foundational literature because, besides giving Israel its identity, it is the measure against which every idea or concept that is considered Jewish is measured.
The TaNaKh frames the way the people of Israel look at the world, the values it holds dear, and its ideals and vision.
Judaism is what results when the thousands of years of accumulated experiences of the Jewish people are distilled and put into practice.
Successful responses to the perennial challenges to human existence are preserved through thinking patterns, emotional responses, and behavioral practices that may well explain much of Judaism’s longevity.
Behind ideologies and forms of worship, Judaism is clearly defined by a young Biblical princess saying: “Such a thing is not done in Israel” (2 Sam. 13: 12). Judaism is about what Jews do and don’t do.
Animals play or gamble; human beings celebrate
The Festivals are the sacred days that express the unique teachings of Judaism fostering them and transmitting them to the generations to come. Each festival has its distinct philosophy, its own historical referent, and its special observances.”
Rabbi Isaac Klein