Life on Earth

Life on Earth

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Life on Earth from a Jewish Perspective

Principles of Life

  • Jewish individuals believe in the sanctity of life, affirming that all life is sacred because it is given by God.

  • Living a meaningfully ethical life is paramount, with strict guidelines provided by the Torah and Mitzvot for right living.

Respect for All of Creation

  • In Jewish teaching, the world is God’s creation, thus it has intrinsic value. They believe in the principle, Tikkun Olam, which literally translates as ‘repairing the world’.

  • Humankind’s role is seen to act as stewardship; they have a responsibility to protect and conserve the environment.

Free Will and Responsibility

  • Judaism stresses the importance of using one’s free will to do good. Free will is the freedom to choose between right and wrong, good and evil.

  • Taking responsibility of one’s actions, often symbolised by the act of Teshuva (repentance), forms a crucial part of Jewish life.

The Sabbath (Shabbat)

  • The Sabbath is seen as a gift from God; a day of rest, reflexion, and rejuvenation in Jewish tradition.

  • Observing the Sabbath allows Jews to step back from everyday concerns and focuses instead on their relationship with God and family.

Community (Kehilla)

  • Jewish life is centred on the community or the Kehilla, whether in prayer, study, or helping those in need.

  • Judaism stresses the importance of deeds over faith, rendering acts of kindness (gemilut chasadim) and charity (tzedaka) critical components of a Jewish life.