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We all believe in G-d. Some of us know that we do. Some of us refuse to admit it. Others who profess to believe are vague as to what they believe in. These essays probe to the core of some of the essential issues of Jewish faith and provide explanations based on the mystic understanding of Chabad Chassidic teachings.

What We Believe

What We Believe

A Series Of Essays On Fundamental Principles Of Faith


Once, when manning one of the outreach trailers known as “mitzvah tanks,” I asked a passerby if he would like to put on tefillin.

“No, I don’t want to be hypocritical,” he replied. He explained that he did not believe in G‑d and therefore did not want to observe His commandments. When his mother had been sick he had prayed, perhaps the first sincere prayer he had offered in years, and yet his prayer was not answered. His mother had passed away.

“From that time onward,” he concluded, “I do not believe in G‑d.”

Ultimately, he put on tefillin. There is no need to elaborate on the arguments I used to persuade him to do so, because what he really needed was some warm concern, not theological debate. But his statements are worthy of analysis, for they reflect many common misconceptions about faith.


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sue woods Crivitz, WI March 24, 2014

LATE TO LEARN I am also an older woman and have come to learn with a Rabbi in my area. I was also raised Christian. I have learned so much from Chabad that I never learned in Christian churches. My world is opening wide to me now, I am so pleased. Reply

Anonymous the netherlands August 3, 2017
in response to sue woods:

For me it was also an eye opener, I agree with you .
Now I am in my sixties and have also the feeling I am too late.
My family thinks differently , and not so positive about religion.
But I am very glad to learn from this website. Reply

Rochel Chein for August 11, 2017
in response to Anonymous:

Jewish tradition teaches that one of the greatest sages of the Talmud, Rabbi Akiva, was an unlearned shepherd who only began studying Torah at the age of forty. It's never too late to embrace our beautiful heritage! is here for you, and your local Chabad rabbi can assist you as well. Reply

Mohammad Najmus Sakir Dhaka, Bangladesh October 20, 2011

I know we Muslims sometimes become too harsh against Jewish People, I agree, it's not right at all, we all are from Abrahamic faith, we should stay togather in Peace. But, the world politics and the politicians don't want that, they try to divide us...they are playing the Game. But, at least we should respect each other's religion. That's all... Reply

Shana February 4, 2009

question of belief What is the main belief? How does it differ from Christianity?

Thanks Reply

Martin Scharaga Lincolnwood, Illinois February 9, 2007

Tefillin For the last year, Rebbe Schusterman of Bnai Ruven in Chicago, comes to my place of employment Monday thru Friday to put tefillin on me and say the Baruchas. I cannot begin to tell you how much I admire and respect Rebbe Schusterman for his dedication to Jews. He goes from business to business on a daily basis and performs this ritual with many other Jewish men.
I was raised in an Orthodox home, but drifted to Conservative and Traditional Judaism over the years. The fact that Rebbe Schusterman comes to my place of employment every day is an amazing spiritual lift to my soul. I truly admire and respect the Chabad organization for their attempt to seek fellow Jews and try to bring them back to the fold. I feel the Chabad is happy for whatever inroads they can make in the life of a fellow Jew. Keep up the great work. I love Chabad! Reply

Linda Bunch Houston, Tx via July 20, 2006

"What (WE) believe...... Recently, I started studying Judaism. I wish there were words to express my feelings! Maybe later, I will be able to. I grew up in a Christian home and now at the age of 57, I started to search for myself. Surprising what one can discover about herself!.........It scares me when I realize how much is hidden down inside my soul. Reply

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