Can anyone teach me something about the Jews, their religious practice?
I am very much interested in knowing the history and life story of Jews around the world. Please provide me some inputs.
The history of the Jewish people and of Judaism stretches back 5,774 years. To answer your question, start here and keep reading:
Judaism is the word used to describe the religion of the descendants of Abraham, through his son Isaac and his grandson Jacob. Abraham lived about 4,000 years ago and he had eight sons, but his Covenant with God and his inheritance of land was given to Isaac. The Covenant is a binding, perpetual contract with obligations.
When Jacob fathered twelve sons, God changed his name to 'Israel.' Thus, the twelve sons became known as the 'Children of Israel' and their descendants became the 'Twelve Tribes of Israel.' Judah was one of those tribes. The word 'Jew' comes from his name and is the pronunciation used by foreigners, because there is no 'J' sound in the Hebrew language. In Hebrew, the word 'Judah' is 'Yehuda.'
The religion of the Tribes of Israel is the worship of only one god (one of the 'elohim') and the observance of the Covenant He requires of them. It is impossible to transliterate or to define the name of this god into any other language. In the Hebrew it is:
The worship of the God of Israel is open to all people and He promises: "You will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul." (Deuteronomy 4:29) "If you seek Him, He will let you find Him." (I Chronicles 28:9)
I'm not Jewish, but I lived in a shtetl in Poland 150 years ago. I don't remember much more about that lifetime. But I have felt very Jewish on occasion.
I used to work for a Jewish designer from India. I had not known that the Jews had migrated that far East, but her family had discovered their Jewish roots only after finding out that their rituals and beliefs were exactly the same, even though they had not called themselves by any such name. She had migrated to America when she was in her 20s. She remembered how different the newspapers were. In India, headlines were typically more spiritual with stories of reincarnation and the like. In America, the stories were more secular, with headlines of scandal, murder and corruption.
Jewish mysticism has been a great interest of mine, including the Kabbalah. Modern Cabala is an abomination -- a mix of a great many things, destroying the spiritual message, or perverting it beyond recognition.
In my own research, I have discovered that the Kabbalists wrote at least 2 chapters of Genesis, even though some scholars think the Kabbalists didn't exist before the 12th century. I have discovered the Kabbalistic "Tree of Life" embedded in those 2 chapters of Genesis. I describe this in my upcoming book, "The Bible's Hidden Wisdom, God's Reason for Noah's Flood."
Well the last thing you should do is ask a Christian or look at Christian websites. I say this because Christians are largely ignorant of Jewish theology. There are many Jewish theology websites and online Jewish encyclopaedias that I found useful. I also bought a book on Jewish theology written in the 1920s which was very enlightening. You could always pop along to your nearest synagogue and ask the rabbi to point you in the direction of some good resources.
I'd highly recommend studying the subject as afterwards you will gain a whole new understanding of what the bible and Jesus was all about.
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