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What is the Jewish religion?

Asked by princessa (113points) March 29th, 2010

I’m a Christian and my friend is Jewish and she says that Jesus was dumb which I don’t agree with. But she believes in God and calls Him Heship. So what is the Jewish religion? What do they believe in?

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FutureMemory's avatar

Judaism. Look it up.

Fyrius's avatar

^ What he said.
If I’m not mistaken, they believe in the Old Testament, but not the New one. They also believe Jesus was just another prophet and the real Messiah still has to come around some day.

dpworkin's avatar

I can’t imagine why anyone would tell you that Jesus is dumb. She may not believe that Jesus was the messiah, but nearly the whole world agrees that Jesus taught lovely things, and reveres Him as a teacher. I am Jewish, but I would certainly never denigrate Jesus. The Sermon on the Mount is one of the most beautiful passages in all the world’s literature.

Jews are the people from whom Jesus sprang. They mold their beliefs essentially on the first part of the Bible which you call the Old Testament. Christianity and Judaism are so tied together that we call ourselves Judeo-Christians here in the West.

Jews may believe that Jesus was an important historical figure, but they stop short of believing that He was the Son of God, and that has always made tensions between Christians and Jews, but the foundation of Christianity is Jewish, and you will probably be surprised to find out how much you already know about being Jewish without realizing it.

There is a wonderful book called The History of the Jews by a non-Jewish man named Paul Johnson, in case you are interested in learning more.

AstroChuck's avatar

Jewishism. Duh.

Jeruba's avatar

But of course Jesus was also a practicing Jew, son of Jews, raised Jewish. As a rabbi he celebrated Passover and other Jewish holidays with his disciples. The teachers he studied with were Jewish teachers, and the temple he preached in was a Jewish temple. He was called “King of the Jews.” He was crucified as a Jew, and there’s no reason to think that he changed his religion upon resurrection.

Dr_Dredd's avatar

Someone once came to the Rabbi Hillel and asked him to teach him the whole Torah (holy books) while standing on one foot. The rabbi said: “What is hateful to you, do not do to your neighbor: that is the whole Torah while the rest is commentary; go and learn it.” That’s Judaism.

Happy Passover, everyone!

Mikelbf2000's avatar

You would have to ask a jew, I dont know all that much about the jewish religion, They worship the same God as we Christians do but they dont accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah. She was wrong for saying what she said. She should respect your beliefs. Im pretty sure she expects you to respect hers.

dpworkin's avatar

@Mikelbf2000 It is very rude not to capitalize such words as Jew, and Jewish. I notice you had no trouble with God, Jesus Christ, or the Messiah.

Mikelbf2000's avatar

@dpworkin I think its very rude to call a person out like that. It was a mistake. Why are you Jewish and take offense to it???

susanc's avatar

@Dr_Dredd: mazel tov to you too, bubby.
@Mikelbf2000: “Why are you Jewish….?” Is that a legitimate question? I don’t think @dpworkin can exactly help it.

Mikelbf2000's avatar

@susanc No it was not. I was just wondering why he called out my error in my answer like he did. I have nothing against Jews (look capitalized so he wont cry about it)

Mikelbf2000's avatar

If he asked kindly I would have corrected my error. I looked up and read his answer and found out that he is Jewish. I would have apologized if he wasn’t so rude and nasty towards me the first time we interacted awhile back.

LostInParadise's avatar

The basic moral teaching of Jesus did not differ all that much from that of Judaism. One important difference was that traditional Judaism, as still practiced today by the Orthodox, requires strict observance of the many rules and rituals specified in the first five books of the Bible. Jesus was of the opinion that following the strict letter of the law was not as important as one’s attitude and intent. These days the difference is not particularly significant, since the vast majority of those who call themselves Jews have pretty much adopted the interpretation of Jesus, though they might not be very willing to admit it.

dpworkin's avatar

@LostInParadise Where in the text did Jesus say this. Do you happen to know the chapter and the verse?

LostInParadise's avatar

I have heard it quoted but, not being religious, I can’t offer chapter and verse from the Old Testament let alone the New Testament. I did a Google search on this and, although I could not find specific passages, there was mention of the criticism by Jesus of the Pharisees for their concentration on the letter of the law.

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