Journey #7: the destruction of the second temple & the survival of judaism mural description from the lectures of rabbi edgar f magnin, 1929-1930: the jews march captive out of jerusalem bearing a golden menorah or candlestick of the temple.
The miracle of jewish survival pivotal events in jewish history 4 nikolai berdyaev, a great russian thinker and writer, expressed a similar idea 2 nikolai berdyaev, the meaning of history (1935) – jewish history attests to the metaphysical destiny of the jewish people the jews have played an all-important role in history. Judaism, monotheistic religion developed among the ancient hebrewsjudaism is characterized by a belief in one transcendent god who revealed himself to abraham, moses, and the hebrew prophets and by a religious life in accordance with scriptures and rabbinic traditions judaism is the complex phenomenon of a total way of life for the jewish people, comprising theology, law, and innumerable.
Blaise pascal, french theologian and philosopher, wrote at length about the marvel of jewish survival powerful kings have tried to destroy them, yet the jews survived whereas the nations of greece, italy, athens and rome have long perished.
If we look at jewish history, it seems that the peaceful episodes are mere interludes between ordeals the answer to the question about jewish survival is the same as the answer to the first question i posed, why remembering past persecutions has not helped prevent future ones the persecutions of the jews are not coincidental. The temple’s destruction was devastating to the jews but it ultimately it did not threaten the survival of judaism or the jewish people when the great jewish revolt of the zealots against the romans from 67-70 ce appeared to be doomed, yochanan ben zakkai, a rabbi of great vision and common sense came up with a plan. The survival of judaism as we know it was not without competition from other jewish allegiances section 1 | section 2 | section 3 | section 4 | section 5 | section 6 now let us use these aspects of the historical record to test the adequacy of the popular explanations of jewish survival.
Rabbi eric yoffie, taking on many of those disposed to these points of view states (in an op‐ed pulished by jta on august 1, 2011), “ a judaism obsessed with survival is a judaism that will not survive. Judaism is still relevant and existing today because of hopes for stability, generational sharing, and faithful devotion of the followers it already has one reason that judaism is relevant and in existence today is through the stability it provides to the people who follow it.
The survival of judaism religion exists in our lives for two main reasons, being support and order we need a psychological crutch to depend on in times of need, and the order that maintains our beliefs also maintains society and how we treat each other.
In any event, the history of judaism can be divided into the following major periods: biblical judaism (c 20th–4th century bce), hellenistic judaism (4th century bce –2nd century ce), rabbinic judaism (2nd–18th century ce), and modern judaism (c 1750 to the present.