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Mike Shreve was a teacher of yoga at four universities. (The portrait above was drawn by one of his students in 1970.) Then a spiritual rebirth brought him into a real relationship with God and drastically changed his heart, his life and his belief system.  Read his story here.

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THE MENORAH - The seven-stemmed menorah was a primary article of furniture in both the Tabernacle and the Temple. It first represents God's light shining in Israel; second, Israel's calling to shine God's light in this world. The menorah is associated in Scripture with Zechariah 4:6 (a seven word prophecy in Hebrew), "Not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit."


This modern term relates to the religious culture of the Jews, those who are identified historically and presently as the remnant of biblical Israel. Though Jews, as God's chosen people, trace their history back to the first man, Adam, their origin is primarily identified with the visitation Abraham received from God. At that time Abraham's seed were set apart as a special treasure to God. Moses is one of the most revered prophets in this religion. Through him came the revelation and codification of foundational religious laws of Judaism.

Judaism has developed into a religious and cultural system of regulations, traditions and ceremonies that govern the entire life of a Jew. The goal is the sanctification of all Israelites from the world as a people consecrated to the Most High God. Halakah is the "way" in which to live according to Jewish laws, customs and rituals. It primarily involves abiding in a covenant relationship with God (Heb. berith) by observing His commandments (Heb. mitzvoth). A right relationship with God is further maintained by repentance for any shortcomings and faith in the God who mercifully forgives and restores the remorseful to a righteous standing.

Being a great monotheistic tradition, Judaism emphasizes the oneness of God. The most revered of all Scripture passages is the Shema-"Hear, O Israel: The Lord is our God, the Lord alone." (Deuteronomy 6:4 JPS) To a Jew, the one and only true God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob: transcendent, omnipresent, omnipotent, omniscient and personal.

Pivotal events in the history of Judaism include: the calling of Abraham (separating him from a polytheistic family and culture); the enslavement of his offspring in Egypt; the supernatural deliverance of the children of Israel from Egypt; the receiving the Law at Mount Sinai; their conquest of the Land of Canaan; their enslavement in Babylon, the subsequent restoration of the Israelite people to their homeland seventy years later, their dispersion (diaspora) into all the world after the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D., and their regathering in 1948.

The doctrinal foundation of Judaism is fivefold: (1) The Torah (the Pentateuch-the most revered, first five books of the Hebrew Bible); (2) The rest of the Tenach, which is divided into three parts: the Torah, the Nebiim (the prophetic writings) and the Ketubim (other writings). (3) The compilation of handed-down oral traditions, which resulted in the Mishnah (meaning "that which is learned"). (4) Commentaries on the Mishnah, which produced the Talmud (meaning "that which is studied"). (5) Other exegetical studies on the Scripture, and works of Halakhah, philosophy and thought.

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