The Survival of Judaism
Judaism is one of the oldest major world religions. It has managed to maintain itself over the course of over 3,000 years. It has faced many hardships including persecution and the Holocaust. How is Judaism still relevant today after so many years? Many people use Judaism for stability in maintaining the order in their life. Also, Jewish people who share their faith from generation to generation keep the faith going. Finally, faithful and devoted Jews keep the faith alive with teaching others and their children in the ways of Judaism. Judaism is still relevant and existing today because of hopes for stability, generational sharing, and faithful devotion of the followers it already has.
One reason that Judaism is relevant and in existence today is through the stability it provides to the people who follow it. Judaism in itself has many laws and regulations on every aspect of daily life such as “The Thirteen Articles of Faith” (Maimonides) that encourage them to believe in the Prophets and God alone. When properly observed, halakhah increases the spirituality in a person’s life, because it turns the most trivial, mundane acts, such as eating and getting dressed, into acts of religious significance (“Rich”). This gives believers meaning to do their everyday jobs to be of great significance to their god and makes everything they do worth while. Most Jews Will follow the rules of the Mitzvot, all six-hundred and thirteen biblical laws, that keeps them kosher, humble, and at peace with God and man (Rich ). These rules pertain to every aspect of the Jewish life. The wanting for social and religious stability is not the only reason for conversion to Judaism, however.
Another way Judaism is kept today is handing it down from generation to generation and keeping Judaism in the family. At a young child’s first B’nai Mitzvah, the proud parents and grandparents keep the faith alive when giving him or her first Torah (Coulson). Most...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document