G-d

Judaism has an almost unique view of the relationship between humanity and G-d.

Jews know that their role is to live an halakhic life according to G-d’s will which is expressed in the Ten Commandments and the 613 mitzvot.

The undertaking to obey G-d and to worship G-d is found in the Covenants (agreements) of the Jewish Scriptures, in particular the first covenant with Abraham:

The LORD said to Abram, “Go forth from your native land and from your father’s house to the land that I will show you.

I will make of you a great nation,

And I will bless you;

I will make your name great,

And you shall be a blessing.

I will bless those who bless you

And curse him that curses you;

And all the families of the earth

Shall bless themselves by you.” (Genesis 12:1-3).

Some time later, the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision. He said,

“Fear not, Abram,

I am a shield to you;

Your reward shall be very great.”…

He took him outside and said, “Look toward heaven and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He added, “So shall your offspring be.” And because he put his trust in the LORD, He reckoned it to his merit (Genesis 15:1, 5-6).

Jews put their trust in G-d because of the promises of the Covenants and because of their role as a chosen people:

For I provide water in the wilderness,

Rivers in the desert,

To give drink to My chosen people,

The people I formed for Myself

That they might declare my praise (Isaiah 43:20b-21).

The G-d of the Jews is transcendent and some people suggest that this is more so since the time of the Torah as G-d has seemed more distant from humanity and less involved.

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