The belief in a Messiah, a person who will redeem the people of Israel and usher in a better, more perfect era—the messianic age—is often thought of as one of Judaism's defining characteristics.Read more
A philosophical concept, and a personal God.
If humans are responsible for their actions, they must have the ability to choose right from wrong.
Suffering and evil in Judaism.
Though Kabbalah has become popular among American celebrities, it was originally an esoteric and secretive discipline.
Can we hope for a better, more perfect existence--either after we die or in some future time?
Judaism still wrestles with a history of excluding women.
Some surprising attitudes.
The true melting pot.
The idea that the Jews have a special relationship with God is ubiquitous in Jewish sources.
Who determines who is a Jew?
The Natural World
Jewish thinkers consider issues like euthanasia, abortion, and organ donation.
Do you believe in magic? Throughout history, many Jews have.
Two different sources of truth.
Ancient texts can influence contemporary green issues.
A Jewish perspective on animal suffering and conservation.
Philosophy & Politics
Judaism has a complicated relationship with war.
Many rabbis and thinkers devoted their lives to defining what Judaism meant to them, and what it should mean to others.
Maimonides' theological principles were never unanimously embraced.
In Judaism, peace is not only the opposite of war, it is an ideal state of affairs.
Various movements within Judaism have been viewed heretical by those who disagreed with them.