Wednesday, June 03, 2009
[a page from the Aleppo Codex]
If our Creator would choose to write a book and deliver it to mankind, we would expect it to be a book of exceptional wisdom. The Torah is clearly such a book.
Monotheism greatly simplifies our understanding of the universe and originated in the Torah.
Altruism, the idea of caring for other people without getting anything in return, is something which brings great happiness to the world and originated in the Torah.
The concept of the weekend brings a welcome periodic respite from work and originated in the Torah.
Pleasure is psychologically necessary, however it's easy to slip into dangerous addictions. The Torah teaches us how to live a balanced life.
To help us to observe all the above, Judaism includes a total educational system.
The Torah is also the oldest book written using an alphabet.
Instead of being a meaningless story of violence, like for example the Iliad, the Torah is a book which more than any other has changed the world.
Posted by jewish philosopher at 8:37 AM