Being a Jew – What Does it Mean?
The Bible tells us that G-d took the Jewish people to Him for a nation and that He is their G-d (Genesis 17:7; Exodus 6:7). The relationship between G-d and Israel is like a marriage. G-d will not enter into such an intimate relationship with any other nation and Israel will never enter into a devotional relationship with anyone aside from their G-d.
“You were shown in order that you know that the Lord is God there is none beside Him” (Deuteronomy 4:35).
It is Israel’s holy calling to testify to this truth. Israel is to carry the torch of the Oneness of G-d throughout the corridors of history.
This truth has two ramifications. The first ramification of this truth is the simple fact that the devotion of our hearts belongs to no one but to the One who brought our hearts into being in the first place.
The second ramification of this truth is that every inhabitant of this earth, including those people who are deified by the various world religions, are but fellow subjects of the One Creator.
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Yisroel C. Blumenthal