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Every society has that which bonds it: A common ancestry and a system of lineage. Or a common language or common borders or governing body. Usually, it is a combination of several factors that mold a mass of people into a single whole.

The Jewish people are unique in that they have only a single nucleus—and it is none of the above.

All that bonds us is Torah. Nothing else has proven capable of holding us together for more than a generation or two. Nothing else, other than the same Torah that first forged us as a nation.

From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe, of righteous memory; words and condensation by Rabbi Tzvi Freeman. To order Rabbi Freeman’s book, Bringing Heaven Down to Earth, click here.
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May 30, 2014
From Me to We to ONE
Abraham taught a group of people how to connect to G_dliness though unity, and mutual responsibility of the other...then they stood together above our mountain of differences as 'one mind and one heart'.

The Jewish people need to reassemble themselves to set the example to bring the world from Me to We to One.
Brenda
Toronto, Canada
October 10, 2012
chips
When the chips are down every couple generations, and that is too often, we inevitably cry out to G-d. This may be as despair " Why me G-d ? " or it may be in the battlefield, " G-d, i hope that you have my back. " G-d and His Torah are One. It is up to us to buy into it as in absolute faith.
Anonymous
October 5, 2012
What about the books of Chronicles?
Given the books of 1st and 2nd Chronicles it does appear to list patriarchal lineages of kings, and their governments. For example, those books primarily only list men, and the men that they list have no mother asociable with them. They are Hashem's children.
To correct you, I would have to say that Judaism is, "All the above and more."
Craig Hamilton
Sandwich, MA
October 5, 2012
We Are the Torah
Every letter, every soul.
Anonymous
portsmouth, ohio
June 4, 2011
G-D's Book, Part III

For clarification, there are major differences between a "working Bible" (textbook one reads, marks, and footnotes) and veiled sacred scroll (symbolic temple object). The latter is revered and respected as a true gift from G-D reflecting HIS presence. Although, contents of both forms are similar.

Prior comments regarding the "Book" pertained to the former.
RCJ
Suburban DC, MD USA
June 3, 2011
G-D's Book, Part II

As additional observations, the same Book is used by Christians, as well as Muslims and Mormons. It is not the Book per se, but rather in whose hands it is placed.

G-D deliberately placed this Book in our hands for a reason as part of HIS covenant with Abraham in 2,000 BC, commandments to Moses circa 1,400 BC, and for necessary codification after the fall of the Temple in 586 BC.

Written text regardless of subject matter is an instrumentation and convention to enhance our understanding. As mentioned this morning, this Book provides the highest essential information "important for codification, reflection, and recollection" in order to attempt to "understand and appreciate HIS intentions."

If one prefers, it's our user's manual.
RCJ
Suburban DC, MD USA
June 3, 2011
Nation before Torah
With all due respect, I beg to differ. From what I understand, we were a nation far before we ever accepted the Torah. That which holds us together is all of the above: Torah, national identity, and the Land of Israel. Without any one of these components the Jewish people cannot fulfill their destiny on Earth.
Jessica
Los Angeles, CA
June 3, 2011
All that bonds us is the Torah. I am not Jewish, a foreigner but truly believe in G-d of Abraham, dare say that truth for this human race.
Anonymous
Forest Hills, NY/USA
June 3, 2011
G'D's Glue

The unbreakable connection is spiritual and genetic and that extends beyond written words (which within our realm of understanding are important for codification, reflection, and recollection). However, G-D expresses himself well beyond human language.

We have been chosen for unique purposes as first represented in the Abrahamic Covenant, but this too was written as a Suzerain Vassal treaty because of our physical communication limitations. How else could we even begin to understand and appreciate HIS intentions?

The nuclear glue which holds us together is ONE beyond our perceptions...
RCJ
Suburban DC, MD USA
February 3, 2010
Matrilineal descent
Rabbi Freeman,
can you explain more about matrinieal descent? I am quite ignorant about this subject.
Sam
castro valley, Ca
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