Of all of the religions, all of the religious groups, and all of the belief systems that exist, the Hebrew religion – the Hebrew people – may be defined very simply.
Torah. Only Torah.
No additives, no chemicals, no preservatives.
No heaven to aspire to.
No hell to be damned to.
(But we’re allowed dangling participles, hehehe).
Seriously, the basis for the Hebrew belief is that following Torah, in its pure form, is the requirement.
This presents a new twist on religion, a new but old thing which typically sends minds reeling from the shock. Hebrews rely on the priest to deliver the Torah information, as defined in… (wait for it… you might already know this… ) Torah!
Just as Torah describes, the Aaronic priest is born into the duty, born into the hierarchy, to lead the Hebrews in their religious life. The priest directs the community, according to Torah.
I don’t have a need to do Torah readings, Torah studies, although I spent nearly twenty years doing just that. As my priest told me, “you know Torah, just go live Torah.”
Had I been a true member of a Hebrew community throughout life, or came upon such during travels, I would have been exposed to the Torah by the priests there.
Some of the differences between a Hebrew and nearly every other religion:
- We work to accept our punishment. The reality dealt to the Hebrew people and their generations for their refusal to keep Torah Law.
- We do not ask of Almighty, YHWH. This means we do not make prayer requests.
- We, the congregation, do not read the Law. We rely on the priest for matters that are too difficult.
- We accept that we do not have the right to live in the Land. We’re in exile, see the first point.
- We are not commanded to ‘go forth and gather people’ to believe as we do. You either believe as we do or you don’t. Each and every human being has the right, the ability to choose. If you choose differently, so be it, you are allowed to do so.
- As exiled people, we recognize that the land we live in is not up to us to rule. We are subject to the laws of the land we’re in.
- A Hebrew may or may not be genetically tied to the original people of Torah. The only difference for the Hebrew who voluntarily joins the community is that they don’t appear to be included in land inheritance.
- There is no satan, no messiah, no king, no temple. Our sole worship, our sole belief is in Almighty and the hierarchy set down by Almighty.
- Only the Hebrew Priest is allowed to say the blessing. As described in Torah.
Those are the primary differences, for any who were wondering.