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This is a far more difficult question than you might expect Judaism has no dogma no formal set of beliefs that one must hold to be a Jew In Judaism actions are far more important than beliefs although there is certainly a place for belief within Judaism The closest that anyone has ever come to creating a widely-accepted list of Jewish beliefs is Rambams thirteen principles of faith Rambams thirteen principles of faith which he thought were the minimum requirements of Jewish belief are prayer is to be directed to G-d alone and to no other mosess prophecies are true and Moses was the greatest of the prophets The written first 5 books of the Bible and oral teachings now contained in the talmud and other writings were given to Moses G-d knows the thoughts and deeds of men G-d will reward the good and punish the wicked The death will be resurrection As you can see these are very basic and general principles Yet as basic as these principles are the necessity of believing each one of these has been disputed at one time or another and the liberal movement of Judaism dispute many of these principles Unlike many other religions Judaism does not focus much on abstract cosmological concepts Although Jews have certainly considered the g-d human the universe lifeand the afterlife at great length see kabbalahhtm there is no mandated official definitive belief on these subjects outside of the very general concepts discussed above There is substantial room for personal opinion on all of these matters because as I said before Judaism is more concerned about actions than beliefs Judaism focuses on relationships the relationship between G-d and mankind between G-d and the Jewish nation between the Jewish nation and the israel and between human beings Our scriptures tell the story of the development of these relationships from the time of creation through the creation of the relationship between G-d and abraham
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