Jewish Sacred Scriptures

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For modern Jewish people, scripture is vitally important and underpins much of their everyday lives. Despite differences in the degree to which scripture is interpreted within the three sub-branches of Judaism, it still maintains relevance for all groups. The covenant of Abraham and the Covenant of Moses are both important in Jewish culture, along with the Torah, the Talmud, Passover and Shabbat. Finally the differences between Orthodox, Conservative and Reform are relevant to the Jews that follow that sub-branch of Judaism. Sacred scripture tells the story of the Jewish people which gives meaning and purpose to purpose to their lives. Two of the main Covenants of Jewish scripture are between God and Abraham and God and Moses. The Covenant…show more content…
The Covenant between Moses and God was that God promised to bring Moses out from under the burdens of the Egyptians and God would take all people that followed Moses as his People. To receive these promises from God, Moses had to free the Jewish people from the ruling of the Pharaoh and deliver them to the Promised Land, which Moses was not allowed in because he disobeyed God’s orders by striking a rock instead of talking to it. This teaches the followers the importance of following instructions and obeying more powerful beings. The importance of Brit Milah and Bar Mitzvah are very great in Jewish culture. Brit Milah is the covenant of circumcision, which is performed eight days after a male’s birth. Traditionally a baby boy is named after the ceremony and the ceremony consist of three main parts, first the blessing and circumcision, then Kiddush and naming and finally Seudat Mitzvah. This ritual is connected to the covenant of Abraham as a part of the spiritual promise and Abraham’s followers would be accepted and respected by God. Bar Mitzvah translates as ‘son…show more content…
The Torah is Judaism’s most important text. It consist of the five books of Moses, Genesis which means ‘in the beginning’, Exodus which means ‘names’, Leviticus which means ‘and her called’, Numbers which means ‘in the wildernesses’ and Deuteronomy which means ‘words’. The Torah is instruction designed to teach the truth about God, the Torah means direction, teaching, instruction and doctrine. The Torah is the first part of the Jewish bible. It is also the most important document of Judaism and has been used by Jew for many years. The Torah affects every devoted Judaism follower because there are 613 laws directed at them in their actions in daily life and their beliefs including moral and ethical

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