All About Judaism
Judaism is a religion whose God is seen as active in history, shaping all events, and constantly available to intervene. The Jewish God is not an indifferent or ahistorical God, although theology has changed since the Holocaust. A central narrative of Judaism, however, is one in which God reaches down into history to intervene on behalf of his people, rescuing them from pharoah. The exodus story is the story of a people in exile, separated from their land, enslaved, and with little hope, who are chosen by a powerful God who is able to both free them and bring them to a new home.

This exemplifies the relationship betwen God and Israel. He cares for his people, intervenes on their behalf, is powerful enough to free them, and sets forth a path for them to follow that is ultimately for their good. He goes before them in the desert. He parts the Red Sea for them. He gives them manna in the wilderness. This is an efficacious God and a God who is in very personal, historical relationship with human beings.

There are also problems between God and the people, however. The covenant between them is not onesided. God has expectations of God's people, which are set forth in the Ten Commandments, and in many other stories and prophecies. The Ten Commandments are the law of Israel, from the great lawgiver. The story of the Ten Commandments is interes

 
 
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