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According to an essay written by Tracey Rich and published online at JewFAQorg Jews are a nation but not in the modern sense meaning a territorial and political entity Jews are a nation in the ancient sense meaning a group of people with a common history In common use the word Jew is used to refer to all of the physical and spiritual descendants of Jacob Abraham and Isaac The word Judaism refers to the beliefs of Jews Judaism as a religion is communally-oriented Prayers are stated in the plural and Jews are expected to pray in communal groups 1 Relationship with God and the Torah The Torah is the primary document of Judaism Torah which means teaching is Gods revealed instructions to the Jewish People It teaches Jews how to act think and even feel about life and death Jews usually belief that all of the following statements are true about their relationship with God God exists God is one and unique God is incorporeal God is eternal Prayer must be directed to God alone and to no other The words of the prophets are true Moses was the greatest of the prophets The Torah which are the first five books of the Old Testament the first five books of the Bible and the Oral Torah now documented in the Talmud and in other writings were given to Moses There will be no other Torah God knows the thoughts and deeds of men God will reward the good and punish the wicked The true Messiah will come to save the world from sin The dead will one day be resurrected Rich 2005 2 Old Testament History The Old Testament is another name for the Hebrew Scriptures It is the first of the two main divisions of the Bible The Old Testament contains books written in Hebrew on subjects including law
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