Jewish Religious Texts

The importance of Judaism’s sacred texts extends far beyond their religious significance. These ancient documents embody not only Judaism’s religious precepts, but also the historical, cultural and social heritage of the Jewish people. In Israel, where attitudes towards tradition range from the ultra-orthodox to the secular, sacred texts carry a variety of meanings – from a spiritual, moral and practical guide to everyday life, to a historical and cultural wealth which is critically examined and studied.

The stories, ideas and philosophies of the sacred texts, encompassing millennia of Jewish study and thought, are evident in much of Israel’s modern culture, which draws on the legacies of the past even as it gives voice to the issues and concerns of the present.

Rabbinic Judaism

More: Rabbinic literature
  • The Tanakh i.e. Hebrew Bible
  • The Talmud
    • Mishnah
    • Gemara

Kabbalism

Hasidism

  • Early texts:
    • Noam Elimelech (Elimelech of Lizhensk)
    • Kedushat Levi (Levi Yitzchok of Berditchev)
  • Foundational texts of various Hasidic sects:
    • Likutei Moharan (Breslov)
    • Me’or Einayim (Chernobyl)
    • Mei Hashiloach (Izhbitza – Radzin)
    • Tanya (Chabad)
    • Vayoel Moshe (Satmar)

Karaite Judaism

  • The Tanakh

Haymanot

  • The Tanakh with several Jewish apocrypha

Jewish philosophy

Main article: Jewish philosophy

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