שמע ישראל ה 'הוא האלוהים שלנו הוא אחד
Sh'ma Yisrael Adonai Elohaynu Adonai Echad
Hear, Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One.
The Way of the Chosen People
What Jews Believe
The following is based on Rambam's Thirteen Principles of Faith, which are commonly accepted as the minimal beliefs for all religious Jews to accept:
- G-d exists
- G-d is one and unique
- G-d is incorporeal
- G-d is eternal
- Prayer is to be directed to G-d alone and to no other
- The words of the prophets are true
- Moses's prophecies are true, and Moses was the greatest of the prophets
- The Written Torah (first 5 books of the Bible) and Oral Torah (teachings now contained in the Talmud and other writings) were given to Moses
- There will be no other Torah
- G-d knows the thoughts and deeds of men
- G-d will reward the good and punish the wicked
- The Messiah will come
- The dead will be resurrected
Here are some good sources of information on Jewish beliefs and practices:
Go to: Judaism 101
This site is written predominantly from an Orthodox viewpoint.
Go to: Nanach.net
Go to: Breslove.org
Rebbe Nachman of Breslov (April 4, 1772 – October 16, 1810) is among the greatest Jewish sages of all times. He was the founder of the Breslov Hasidic movement. Through his wisdom Hasidic movement was reinvigorated by combining the esoteric secrets of Judaism (known as Kabbalah) with serious Torah scholarship. He attracted thousands of followers during his lifetime and far more since his passing.
It is believed by many, including me, that in fulfillment of Hassidic prophecy Rebbe Nachman "sent a letter from Heaven" in 1922 to his spiritual descendent Rabbi Yisroel Dov Ber Odesser (known as Sabba or "grandfather" in Hebrew) known simply as the petek ("note"). Through this note Sabba revealed the Na Nach Nachma Nachman phrase belived to be the universal song of redemption.
Go to: The Orthodox Union Web Site
Go to: Chabad-Lubavitch in Cyberspace
Go to: Conservative Jewish Union
Go to Union of Reform Judaism
Go to Tikkun