Essay on The Torah and Why It's Important To Jews

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The Torah and Why It's Important To Jews

The Torah is the holy book of the Jews. It is part of the Tenak and has five books, this is known as the Pentateuh.

The Torah is seen, by practising Jews, as a sacred possession and for this reason the real Torah is kept and dressed in the Synagogue, it is used by only the readers and is not even allowed to be touched with their hands. The book is highly respected.

The Torah contains the 613 Mitzvah, (commandments.) And within these are the 10 sayings. Practising Jews study the Torah as it contains history of the Jews and tradition including Exodus, Moses and Race. Jews celebrate the Torah (rejoice in the law,) at the Simchat Festival.

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To a Jew, the Torah is their chance to show they 'appreciate' their redemption by keeping to the commandments. The Torah, consequently, is the centre of their lives.

2) How Might Following the Teachings of the Torah Affect Daily Lives of Devout Jew?

The Torah teaches Jews to follow 613 Mitzvah, (commandments,) and therefore by sticking to these rules they could have to avoid certain activities.

For example, one of the 10 sayings is to 'not create/worship idols,' as a result a practising Jew wishing to keep to the teachings of the Torah would not be able to have a job in the marketing/advertising industry.

Another example of the Torah's teachings affecting a devout Jew's life could be excluding themselves from a friend/neighbours dinner party as they cannot eat certain foods and are unable to mix their taught food groups.

In addition, a Jew may be required to give up certain activities or social gatherings to make time for worship/prayer. For example, 'the Sabbath day should be kept holy,' and so a Jew would not be able to attend a party on this day if he/she wished to follow the teachings of the Torah.

Another example would be a Jewish child maybe not finding time for homework if he/she has to worship or do Jewish studies, especially if they were preparing for Shabbat/Bar Mitzvah.

Many of the Torah's teachings could cause

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