By Arthur Kurzweil
The basis of Hebrew and Jewish faith, idea, legislations, and society is the Torah-the parchment scroll containing the textual content of the 5 Books of Moses that's situated in each synagogue. This available consultant explains the Torah in transparent language, even to those that weren't raised within the Jewish spiritual culture. Christians who need to know extra in regards to the Jewish roots of Christianity have to comprehend the Torah, as do fans of Islamic culture and people attracted to the roots of Abrahamic faiths. The Torah For Dummies explains the heritage of the Torah, its constitution and significant rules, and the way the Torah impacts the day-by-day lives of people that stick to the Jewish lifestyle.
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The point of view of the Torah is that everything resides in God, whereas pantheism is marked by the notion that everything is God. As I mention earlier in this chapter, my favorite name of God is HaMakom, which means “the place;” God is “the place” of the world. According to Kabbalah, which is the abstract theology of Judaism (see my book Kabbalah For Dummies, published by Wiley), God contracted His infinite self, creating a vacated space within Himself, to make room for the world. Here’s another way to think of this concept: One way that God is described in Jewish liturgy is Aviynu Malkaynu (ah-vee-new mahl-kay-new; our Father our king).
Rather, the six days of creation represent six stages of the world’s development, and as great Torah commentaries throughout the centuries indicate, the descriptions of these days contain some of the profound secrets of the mystery of creation. The bottom line is that the Torah is neither a sourcebook for scientific information nor a book of history (as you find out in Chapter 3). Rather, the Torah is concerned with eternal spiritual matters and how to make them a part of your life. Taking a break from creating (and not because God grew tired) According to the Torah, God created the world in six days and then “rested” on the seventh day.
For centuries, Maimonides’s Mishneh Torah has been considered an extraordinary masterpiece. ” His message is that knowing that God exists is fundamental. God isn’t a “He” The Torah is written in Hebrew, and its references to God often use the masculine form. ” In the Torah, God isn’t a male, and any effort to conceive of God as a male is limiting and therefore is forbidden according to the tradition of the Torah. Using gender-specific pronouns in reference to God is merely a linguistic limitation.
The Torah For Dummies by Arthur Kurzweil