Judaism Quotes

Rabban Shimon ben Gamaliel said: On three things the world is sustained: on truth, on judgment, and on peace, as it is it says (Zechariah 8:16): "Speak the truth to one another, render in your gates judgments that are true and make for peace."- Rabban Shimon ben Gamaliel


It is not incumbent upon you to finish the task. Yet, you are not free to desist from it.- Rabbi Tarfon


Judaism is much more communal, and partly as a consequence of my religious switch, I am increasingly more suspicous of my previous view that what people do in the privacy of their own home is their business alone.-Luke Ford


Judaism lives not in an abstract creed, but in its institutions.-Berthold Auerbach


My husband, Jim, converted to Judaism just before our wedding.-Anita Diament


OK, well maybe I have to get back to Judaism. In the sense that if I look at me and my forebears forever stretching back to I don't know, whenever there's no sense of place and therefore no sense of nationality.-Janet Suzman


Our society is the product of several great religious and philosophical traditions. The ideas of the Greeks and Romans, Christianity, Judaism, humanism and the Enlightenment have made us who we are.-Jan Peter Balkenende


The Lord God, the creator of Judaism and the God of Judaism and Christianity, empowered our minds and gave us the ability to question.-Michael Novak


The observant Jew has his own sense of values. Torah Judaism is his blueprint for this life, his target for existence.-Meir Kahane


We have no problems with Jews and highly respect Judaism as a holy religion.-Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani


We realize that Judaism as a faith can survive only in an atmosphere of general faith.-Louis Finkelstein


What are you going to do to preserve a tradition that is the peculiar and unique culture that Judaism inculcates? The American Jewish community is not going to survive by lining up against its common enemy.-Arthur Hertzberg


What is supposed to be the very essence of Judaism - which is the notion that it is by study that you make yourself a holy people - is nowhere present in Hebrew tradition before the end of the first or the beginning of the second century of the Common Era.-Harold Bloom


A Jew without Jews, without Judaism, without Zionism, without Jewishness, without a temple or an army or even a pistol, a Jew clearly without a home, just the object itself, like a glass or an apple.-Philip Roth


Again, I was influenced by my father, who was very much an atheist and took pride in combating the traditional or orthodox forms of Judaism, which his parents and which my mother's parents were very steeped in.-Robert Jay Lifton


Christians must be Jews. The truth of what we believe depends on the truth of Judaism, depends on the first covenant.-Michael Novak


Every fundamentalist movement I've studied in Judaism, Christianity and Islam is convinced at some gut, visceral level that secular liberal society wants to wipe out religion.-Karen Armstrong


First of all, the Jewish religion has a great deal in common with the Christian religion because, as Rabbi Gillman points out in the show, Christianity is based on Judaism. Christ was Jewish.-Barbara Walters


I am tolerably ignorant about Judaism, and much of what I do know about it seems hard to swallow, because it is so grounded in legalism, and adherence to rituals.-Fred Melamed


I believe in Christianity, Judaism and Islamism, but I stay away from churches, synagogues and mosques.-Ted Lange


I find its attention to living this life rather than the next one exhilarating because I think even independently of Judaism that that's the right way to go about life.-Janet Suzman


I recovered my infant Judaism, but in a reformist version.-Lionel Blue


I'm not going to get in to an argument with anyone about the relative merits of Judaism and Christianity, and what it means for a Jewish kid to be a Christian - I'm just not interested in that argument.-T-Bone Burnett


In Judaism, there are 613 biblical commandments, and the Talmud says that the chief commandment of all is study.-Norman Lamm


In other words, Judaism is not Calvinism.-Chaim Potok


Indeed if we Christians so tell our story that Judaism is silenced, then we have not spoken rightly of Christ.-Timothy Radcliffe


It seems to me that Islam and Christianity and Judaism all have the same god, and he's telling them all different things.-Billy Connolly


It therefore become essential for the future of Judaism itself that its advancement should be correlated with a similar effort to advance the cause of religion generally.-Louis Finkelstein


Jews do not have to be Christians. Christianity is an offshoot of Judaism, but too utopian, too hopeful, too unrealistic a turn.-Michael Novak


Judaism boasts of no exclusive revelation of eternal truths that are indispensable to salvation, of no revealed religion in the sense in which that term is usually understood.-Moses Mendelssohn


Judaism has always been a strong interest of mine. My two sons speak Hebrew and are familiar with the scriptures and with rabbinic literature. This is the way we live.-Herman Wouk


Judaism is a conspiracy against all races.-Tom Metzger


Judaism is an intellectually based religion, and the single most important theme is that of study.-Norman Lamm

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