Eternal Faith, Eternal People: A Journey into Judaism

Eternal Faith, Eternal People: A Journey into Judaism

Eternal Faith, Eternal People: A Journey into Judaism

Eternal Faith, Eternal People: A Journey into Judaism

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This book has been in the making for many years. Started in response to a request by Jewish friends in search of a concise general outline of Judaism, it was given its specific character at the suggestion of my Christian friends, who asked for a work which would explain Judaism in simple words, addressing itself to the intelligent layman. I hope it will serve both. It is no more than an introduction, for Judaism can be fully understood only as it is lived. It is more than a set of dogmas and of principles, more than the sum total of its laws and commandments. It started as a faith. The faith has formed the people, and the people have fashioned their faith in a process of never-ending evolution. Judaism is eternal faith and eternal people, a living dialogue between God and the Jew, between the Jew and God, and among the Jew, his fellow Jew, and the world. Its influence upon mankind has been profound.

Judaism proclaims God is absolutely One. In calling us to follow Him, it holds out the ideal of wholeness to a world torn by discord, and to individual souls split by inner conflict. Judaism proclaims the coming of the Messiah, and a future in which mankind will be united in brotherhood and peace. In this Messianic ideal it offers an eternal challenge to every human being, calling him to do his utmost in promoting human welfare under God, to push forward the frontiers of human progress, and to toil unceasingly for the improvement of society.

As champion of these ideals, Judaism is vital for mankind. Shalom is the goal it envisions for the children of God. Shalom means peace, a peace which is more than the absence of war, for Shalom also means perfection; in Jewish tradition it is a name of God Himself.

Judaism calls for imitation of God. Its history testifies to its convictions. It is a stream, a conversation, which goes on not only between the members of any living generation but between the generations as well. Every Jew speaks to his past, as the past speaks to him. He addresses himself to the future, and the future responds. Judaism speaks to the world, and . . .

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