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January 21, 2013 / conservadox

Dvar Torah Part II

“the people … had faith in Hashem” (Exodus 14:31)

The concept of “faith” has always baffled me a bit; it smacks a bit of irrational belief.  But Sarna has an interesting take on this; he says faith in the Torah means “not belief in a doctrine… [but] trust and loyalty that find expression in obedience and commitment.” (emphasis mine).

“Loyalty” and “commitment” sound a bit more real to me- both in my personal life and in reading the Torah, where Israel is praised and rebuked for its actions rather than for abstract beliefs.

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  1. Shira Salamone / Jan 24 2013 11:50 am

    ” . . . Israel is praised and rebuked for its actions rather than for abstract beliefs.”

    I don’t remember where I read or heard this, but my understanding is that the idea that a Jew is required to hold certain beliefs is relatively recent in Judaism, possibly originating with the Rambam’s/Maimonides’s 13 Ikkarim/Essentials.

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