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 Shema Israel: “Listen, Israel! The Lord our God, the Lord is one ”

"I am who I am" (Ex. 3:14)

According to the creed, the Jews confess to only one God. They are God's chosen people called to bear witness to this doctrine.


Abraham is considered  the first to stand out  polytheistic  religion  and went to testify of faith in one God.

Jewry  do not accept the doctrine of the Christian trinity.


God is one

God is the creator of everything.

God is disembodied.

God is neither man nor woman.

God is everywhere.

God is omnipotent

God is omniscient.

God is eternal.

God is just and merciful.

God is good and perfect.

The name of God must not be uttered aloud but is replaced by the words: Yahweh, Adonai, Elohim. In the Hebrew Bible, God is written YHWH. Man is worthless to pronounce this name.


God is never described. This may be because the Jews had to stay separate from the pictorial gods of the neighboring nations.

God requires people to keep His commandments as an expression of gratitude for his covenant through Moses

Marc Chagall: God gives the lyrics to Moses

PHOTO: Kirsti Suonsyrjä

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