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Judaism - Our Path

  1. SINCERITY WITH ONESELF

It is the power of Judaism to require from human being a sincere examination of himself, not just once a year on the Iom Kippur, but yes, every day, making it an integral part of our daily meditation and our prayers. Our courageous confidence in the world has a solid basis only in our own experience that we are able to perceive, accept and fight the evil in ourselves. The evil in the world has its root in the human soul. It’s in our struggle for the good inside ourselves that we gain the strength to struggle for the good outside ourselves.

  1. VALUES RELATED TO OUR CHARACTER AND OUR CONDUCT

Upholding high moral standards is an essential part of being a Jew. By doing so, she/he
contributes to the ennoblement of the world. We do not build our character by smothering our instincts, but by dominating them. The purpose of these moral values is to provides us with a structure that we can use to live a life of moderation, modesty and selflessness, which in return, gives us energy to pursue higher and more noble purposes.

  1. FRIENDSHIP, HONESTY AND JUSTICE

Judaism commands that our life is to be lived in peaceful coexistence with others; our families, our friends, neighbours and also amongst those who have different opinions than our own. It is imperative that we conduct ourselves with honesty in all circumstances specially in our work. As Jews, we have a moral obligation to pursue justice for all at all levels.

  1. ACHIEVING SOCIAL JUSTICE – TIKKUN OLAM

Our religion endorse us a special responsibility regarding the use of our material goods and of our social position. Social justice is the classic postulate of Judaism which assigns to each one of us the task of making the world a better place. This is called Tikkun Olam.

  1. TO SERVE THE GENERAL GOOD

Our obligations to others are not limited to other Jews. Every living being with whom we have contact must be treated with respect and kindness. Therefore, we are commanded to oppose any discriminatory ideology, cruelty toward animals, degradation of nature and of our environment
for they are true assaults to God’s Creation.

 

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Annette Boeckler
Dr. Annette Mirjam Böckler is a professor of Jewish and Biblical liturgy at Leo Baeck University in London, where she is also a librarian. Writer and translator in Jewish matters (being the translator of the Seder HaTefillot-the first liberal prayer book after the Shoah in Germany), has developed the translation of the German edition of the comments of the Torah from W. Gunther Plaut.