Judaism, monotheistic religion developed among the ancient Hebrews.Judaism is characterized by a belief in one transcendent God who revealed himself to Abraham, Moses, and the Hebrew prophets and by a religious life in accordance with Scriptures and rabbinic traditions.In the second section the beliefs, practices, and culture of Judaism are discussed.Bible reports contemporary events and activities for essentially religious reasons.History, moreover, disclosed not only God’s purpose but also humankind’s inability to live in accord with it.Even the chosen community failed in its obligation and had to be summoned back, time and again, to its responsibility by the prophets—the divinely called spokespersons who warned of retribution within history and argued and reargued the case for affirmative human response.
The people of Israel believed that their response to the divine presence in history was central not only for themselves but for all humankind.
But easily stated ‘truth’ can just as easily turn to fiction…with a very unhappy ending.
In three very recent back-to-back statements, General Martin Dempsey, the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has defied American Jewry’s with CNN on August 26, 2012, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Colin Powell, defied Jewry’s push to fully arm the ‘rebels’ in Syria by saying: “ We’re not entirely sure who the rebels are, what they are, and what they represent.” Powell, like Dempsey, is also at Dempsey by saying that his statement “undermines Israel’s push for war on Iran” and that his use of the term “complicit” has “criminal connotations.” Why of course!
Between creation and redemption lies the particularistic designation of the Jewish people as the locus of God’s activity in the world, as the people chosen by God to be “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” (Exodus 19:6).
This arrangement is designated a covenant and is structured by an elaborate and intricate law.