Judaism is essentially a practical religion. It is lived through observance of the law that God has revealed. Accordingly, the understanding of a moral law is that such a law is embedded in the revelation of God. It is the responsibility of human beings, therefore to study the, principally the Torah, in order to understand the appropriate response to moral questions. The Torah serves as a …show more content…
To call the Torah the most sacred text in Judaism is an understatement. Without Torah, there would be no Judaism. Through the Torah, a Jewish person is connected to God. The Torah existed before God created the world, tradition says. The Shabbat and its proclamation as one of the commandments makes it an important and cherished observance of the Jewish people.
The Shabbat is a most significant liturgical event of the week. In the Torah, the purpose of Sabbath observance is to remind the Hebrew people of two very important events in history: the creation of the world (Ex. 20:11) and the deliverance from slavery in Egypt (Deut. 5:15). These both highlight the central Jewish religious belief: that there is one, powerful creator God and is omnipotent in which cares for his people.
This expression of the Covenant is a principle belief and is highly significant for numerous reasons: Firstly, it shows that the people of Israel were to be the chosen people. Secondly it highlights God's care for the people of Israel in granting them freedom. In essence, the importance of the Covenant can be seen as thus: the Covenant is a reflection of the Israelites discovering a God who is interested in their welfare and gave them an identity by intervening in their fate. Thus the Shabbat is observed to celebrate this.
The Shabbat also supports the monotheistic nature in which the worship the one God himself. The Shabbat