Inscribing a Torah scroll.
(photo credit: MARC ISRAEL SELLEM)
Most Jews today don’t realize that the afterlife is a rather minor part of Judaism. Unlike its daughter religion, Christianity, Judaism is an olam hazeh (this world) oriented faith. This means that Judaism is grounded in this world. Its whole aim is to create a perfect world in this lifetime. There is no goal to “go to heaven”; we are to make this world “heaven.”This is why the Torah is not a contemplative book. Its content is made up of very real stories of very mortal human beings and the laws that deal with the minutiae of their lives.
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