The Relationship with God
They believe that God continues to work in the world, affecting everything that people do.
The Jewish relationship with God is a covenant relationship.In exchange for the many good deeds that God has done and continues to do for the Jewish People...
- The Jews keep God's laws
- The Jews seek to bring holiness into every aspect of their lives.
* Judaism is the Faith of a Community
Jews believe that God appointed the Jews to be his chosen people in order to set an example of holiness and ethical behaviour to the world.
Jewish life is very much the life of a community and there are many activities that Jews must do as a community.
For example, the Jewish prayer book uses WE and OUR in prayers where some other faiths would use I and MINE.
Jews also feel part of a global community with a close bond Jewish people all over the world. A lot of Jewish religious life is based around the home and family activities.
* Judaism is a Family Faith
Judaism is very much a family faith and the ceremonies start early, when a Jewish boy baby is circumcised at eight days old, following the instructions that God gave to Abraham around 4,000 years ago.
Many Jewish religious customs revolve around the home. One example is the Sabbath meal, when families join together to welcome in the special day.
* Who is a Jew?
Jews believe that a Jew is someone who is the child of a Jewish mother, and who has not adopted another faith.
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.
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.