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Truth, albeit in varying degrees, for most Jews is contained in the Jewish Sacred Texts.
Torah – The first five books of the Hebrew Bible.
Tanakh – The entirety of the Hebrew Bible.
Mishnah – Definitive word of early rabbinic Judaism compiled c. 200 C.E. The Mishnah records the rabbinic interpretations and disagreements regarding the Tanakh.
Talmud – seeks to leave no issue in the Mishnah and Tanakh unexplained. It is, in part, a collection of the traditions Moses gave in oral form. Both the Mishnah and the Talmud are considered at least, if not more, authoritative as the Tanakh.
The Three Branches of Judaism Conflict or Contradict in at least the following ways:
They do not agree on the nature or the inspiration of their scripture. Orthodox Jews maintain that the written and oral Torah are God’s word; the Reform Jews maintain that the Bible is a human document.
Their basic understanding of the nature and essence of “God” is in question. Orthodox Jews maintain that God is personal and retains “omni” characteristics; Reform Jews can accept just about any concept of God, “The truth is that we do not know the truth.”
The Orthodox view of the law is deontological and the Reform view is teleological.
The Reform view of salvation is that one is saved through the betterment of self and society; the Orthodox view presupposes right standing with God.
Rabbi Yaacov Perrin, “One million Arabs are not worth a Jewish fingernail” (New York Daily News, Feb. 28, 1994).
In Berakoth 58a the Talmud uses Ezekiel 23:20 as proof of the subhuman status of Gentiles and teaches that anyone who reveals this Talmudic teaching about non-Jews deserves death, since it makes Gentiles wrathful and causes repression of Judaism.
Maimonides in Mishnah Torah states, “Accordingly, if we see an idolater (gentile) being swept away or drowning in a river, we should not help him. If we see his life in danger, we should not save him” ( English Trans. p. 184).
“ It is mitzvah (religious duty) to eradicate Jewish traitors and to cause them to descend into the pit of destruction, since they cause difficulty to the Jews and sway the people away from God, as did Jesus of Nazareth and his students, and Tzadok, Baithos and their students. May the name of the wicked rot” (Mishnah Torah 184).