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Apr 24, 2020, 11:54 IST

Judaism and good deeds

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Judaism lays great emphasis on the importance of a good moral life at every moment, for salvation is obtainable only through good deeds. Acts of charity, loving-kindness and righteousness, are the onward manifestations of an interior faith. Spiritual life, which begins with faith and devotion to ultimate reality, finds its completion in deeds of compassion, loving-kindness and service coming from a pure heart.

All religions regard human values such as love, tolerance, kindness, fraternity and helpfulness as principles that they have always sought to strengthen in each human being.

Judaism teaches the unity of the human race. It says, ‘Love thy neighbour as thyself ’, and declares this command of all embracing love to be the fundamental principle of the Jewish faith. Judaism, therefore, forbids every act of animosity, envy or unkindness towards any race, nationality or religion.

Giving is not the essential act of kindness but to give with delicacy of feeling is essential.

As the Bible says, ‘Happy is he who gives to the poor.’ But ‘Happy is he who wisely considers the poor.’

The Kingdom of God, the Rabbis held, is inconsistent with the state of social misery.

They were not satisfied with merely feeding the poor.


Their great ideal was to prevent poverty. They said, “Try to prevent it by teaching man a trade. Try all methods before you permit him to become an object of charity which must degrade him, tender as your dealings with him maybe.”

DISCLAIMER : Views expressed above are the author's own.

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