Judaism is a way of life that endeavors to transform virtually every human action into a means of communion with God. Through this communion with God, the Jew is enabled to make his contribution to the establishment of the Kingdom of God and the brotherhood of man on earth. So far as its adherents are concerned, Judaism seeks to extend the concept of right and wrong to every aspect of their behavior. Jewish rules of conduct apply not merely to worship, ceremonial and justice between man and man, but also to such matters as philanthropy, personal friendships and kindnesses, intellectual pursuits, artistic creation, courtesy, the preservation of health and the care of diet.

from Volume II of The Jews: Their History, Their Religion and Culture, Their Role in Civilization.


Rabbi Louis Finkelstein (1895–1991) was an American Talmud scholar and expert in Jewish law. He taught at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, the first American seminary of Conservative Judaism. His three-volume history of Judaism, The Jews: Their History, Culture, and Religion, is considered a definitive contemporary work on the Jewish faith. He was considered the intellectual head of Conservative Judaism and remains an important influence in the movement.

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