In the last post, I introduced you to the idea that there are many forms of Judaism. For our discussion, I am not referring to a birthright but an adoption. I am also not speaking of a replacement, but a grafting into a covenant that has been established by the Creator. Essentially, what about the Jewish “religion?” What do we know about our differences?

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So, instead of getting a blood test to see if I have hidden Hebrew in me, for this series, I am addressing doctrinal beliefs. What is considered Jewish by Jews? Here is a great article on The Thirteen Principles of Faith. These were written out as a statement of faith, if you will, by Maimonides in the 12th century. This is said to be the most common Jewish creed.

The Thirteen Principles of the Jewish Faith

Shloshah-Asar Ikkarim, the thirteen principles of the Jewish Faith.

or: http://www.hebrew4christians.com/Scripture/Shloshah-Asar_Ikkarim/Printer_Version/printer_version.html

If I may bring a spoiler into my own plot here, I think you will find that rejection of the Messiah is not a distinctive as we often consider it to be. That is certainly widespread, but not universal. Many certified Jews are believers, and put their faith in Messiah.

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So let me list three distinct aspects of Judaism, of which I am addressing one (Belief).

  • Blood (DNA) – Pretty much one blood, even though there are disputes out there.
  • Belief (Doctrine) – a variety of differences exist
  • Practice (Observance) – There are multitudes, all over the map, literally.

So here are the principles that we will address one by one in the coming days. Make sure that you are subscribed so that you will receive the updates as they come. Make a note and comment below which ones you agree or disagree with.

13 Principles of Faith Summarized: (found also at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jewish_principles_of_faith)

  1. I believe with perfect faith that the Creator, Blessed be His Name, is the Creator and Guide of everything that has been created; He alone has made, does make, and will make all things.
  2. I believe with perfect faith that the Creator, Blessed be His Name, is One, and that there is no unity in any manner like His, and that He alone is our God, who was, and is, and will be.
  3. I believe with perfect faith that the Creator, Blessed be His Name, has no body, and that He is free from all the properties of matter, and that there can be no (physical) comparison to Him whatsoever.
  4. I believe with perfect faith that the Creator, Blessed be His Name, is the first and the last.
  5. I believe with perfect faith that to the Creator, Blessed be His Name, and to Him alone, it is right to pray, and that it is not right to pray to any being besides Him.
  6. I believe with perfect faith that all the words of the prophets are true.
  7. I believe with perfect faith that the prophecy of Moses our teacher, peace be upon him, was true, and that he was the chief of the prophets, both those who preceded him and those who followed him.
  8. I believe with perfect faith that the entire Torah that is now in our possession is the same that was given to Moses our teacher, peace be upon him.
  9. I believe with perfect faith that this Torah will not be exchanged, and that there will never be any other Torah from the Creator, Blessed be His Name.
  10. I believe with perfect faith that the Creator, Blessed be His Name, knows all the deeds of human beings and all their thoughts, as it is written, “Who fashioned the hearts of them all, Who comprehends all their actions” (Psalms 33:15).
  11. I believe with perfect faith that the Creator, Blessed be His Name, rewards those who keep His commandments and punishes those that transgress them.
  12. I believe with perfect faith in the coming of the Messiah; and even though he may tarry, nonetheless, I wait every day for his coming.
  13. I believe with perfect faith that there will be a revival of the dead at the time when it shall please the Creator, Blessed be His name, and His mention shall be exalted for ever and ever.

In the last post, I left you with an important video on one of the most misunderstood verses in the Bible. Here is part 2.