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.
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. The Levites are directed to serve the priests, and to carry the Tabernacle (yes, tabernacle not temple) and Courtyard and Articles.
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. The anointed one is the High Priest.
- The commanded Dwelling is the tabernacle and the enclosure – to keep out any but those who are of the tribe of Levi. The priests are the only who offer, and the only who enter the tabernacle. Only the High Priest enters the Holy of Holies.
- It is up to the community to freely give items for construction of the tabernacle, the enclosure, the cloths and coverings, the Ark, table, lampstand, priestly clothing and articles of the clothing and tabernacle.
- There are elders chosen who take the message of the priest to the community, should the community be too large for adequate delivery.
- Only Hebrew Priests are allowed to say the blessing. As described in Torah.
Those are the primary differences, for any who were wondering.