Jewish Religions and The Prospect of Dissent

[MW note: Gilad Atzmon’s essay clears up a few things. I’ve been a follower of Gilad for quite a few months, even before he appeared as an expert witness for the Canadian Christian publisher and blogger, Arthur Topham. I’ve just copied a few lines of his essay but it is worth reading to the end. And if you have extra time, you ought to get his book, The Wandering Who? which shows this world-renowned musician as a deep thinker.]

“The Jewish religion is a religion of Mitzvoth (commandments) and without this religious idiom, the Jewish religion doesn’t exist at all.” Professor Yeshayahu Leibowitz

While Islam and Christianity can be easily understood as belief systems, Judaism actually defies the notion of belief all together. Judaism is an obedience regulative system. The Judaic universe is ruled by ‘mitzvoth’ (commandment), a set of 613 precepts and directives ordered by God. In opposition to Christianity and Islam that build from spiritual and heavenly precepts in worship to a transcendental God, the Judaic subject subscribes to strict earthly and material observance. While the Islamo-Christian is wrapped in God’s loving and the spirituality of the sublime and divinity, the follower of Judaism is judged by his or her ability to adhere to hundreds of rigorous earthly orders.

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