Authority in Judaism

Judaism has four major sources of authority accepted today:  Tanakh, Mishnah, Midrash and the Talmud. Tanakh The Tanakh is the Hebrew Bible containing 24 books.  It is the Christian Old Testament with some books combined into one (i.e. 1 and 2 Samuel are one book...

What is salvation in Judaism?

Salvation from Sin? Salvation is through the Torah.  This is the importance of the Torah for a Jew.  A Jew has two issues to overcome: heritage (being born a Jew) and the belief that there is no sin nature in man and therefore, man can choose good on his/her own. ...

What is sin in Judaism?

Pre-existence of man Judaism teaches that God created all the souls of man on the same day with the angels.  ‘In the seventh heaven,Araboth, are stored the spirits and souls which have still to be created’ (Chag. 12b), i.e. the unborn souls which have yet to be united...

What is the afterlife in Judaism?

The World to Come Many incidental remarks occur in the Talmud declaring that the person who performs a certain action will, or will not, have a share in the World to Come. Note: As for those who are to be included, we are told: Who will inherit the World to Come?  He...

Who is God in Judaism?

The conception of God held by the Rabbis is monotheistic in the strictest degree. He created in the beginning one man only, so that heretics should not say that there are several Powers in heaven (Sanh. 38a). On the verse “Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is...