QUOTABLE QUOTES about JUDAISM
from Manfred Davidmann's Letters
Relevant to today's problems and towards a better future
Life and Living
The works of Manfred Davidmann amount to a consistent whole which binds current knowledge together into a wide overview of life and living, in unprecedented depth.
What One Aims to Achieve (25/12/2007)
Manfred Davidmann, in 'The God-given Human Rights, Social Laws and Social System', states that what one aims to achieve is
We need to behave like human beings, and treat each other like human beings, and the report 'The God-given Human Rights, Social Laws and Social System' by Manfred Davidmann is a comprehensive statement of the God-given human rights which underlie all freedom, liberty and independence ... and which ... underlie and determine a good life of high quality.
Stand up and be counted.
This is a matter of survival, of hard work, of strain and effort, to succeed in our endeavour. And to this end we work together, all of us, human beings, proud and erect, hand in hand, irrespective of our creed or religion, the colour of our skin, the shape of our eyes, or where we happen to live, for freedom and humanity.
We think the key need at this time is to make people aware of these truths, to carry the message to the people in the name of Manfred Davidmann, to inspire them.
Purpose of website 'solhaam.org'
The purpose of website 'solhaam.org' is to spread the knowledge of Manfred Davidmann's works and teachings, and to help people study and apply them.
Technical and scientific knowledge and its application are advancing exponentially. Absent are corresponding advances in social knowledge and their application. Political, social, scientific and medical changes which are now taking place, or being worked on, threaten the survival of humane behaviour and hence of humanity.
We believe that the survival of humane behaviour and humanity depends on learning and following these teachings, on making these works available to others, on teaching them, the aim being to gain a high quality of life.
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Quoting Out of Context
So much has been written about Christianity and Judaism that it is fairly easy to select one sentence or two from one place, and a sentence or two from a completely different place, and more from another part unrelated to the others, and so on. These can then be added together or compared to arrive at conclusions which back the personal opinion of the individual doing the selecting.
What is valid within the meaning of one record is not necessarily valid within the meaning of another. And the above process of 'quoting out of context' has been and is used to arrive at conclusions totally different from the contexts from which they were selected.
The conclusions can be beautiful, heart warming and uplifting, but they can also be negative or destructive, subtly attempting to weaken or bypass basic precepts of the faith.This is why I said in 'Liberation Theology' that as long as the arguments and beliefs of liberation theologians are based on feelings and emotions no matter how good and right and proper, on biblical texts quoted out of context, then their beliefs can at some time in the future once again be negated and countered and turned into dead end or self destructive directions by abstract arguments and statements about feelings and emotions, by quoting out of context.
Meaning and Use of Words (12/05/2007, in German)
Vielen Dank fuer Deine Email. In Bezug auf unser Gespraech neulich koennte Dich der Report 'Using Words to Communicate Effectively' interessieren. In klarem, einfachem und leicht verstaendlichem Englisch wird der effektive und verstaendliche Gebrauch von Worten beschrieben, der allgemein gueltig ist (auch fuer Deutsche sowie Englische Artikel).
Bedeutend sind die wenigen Saetze unter "Value Judgements or Ideology" ueber "truth" (Wahrheit).
Sowie unter "Formal and Informal Communications" die Saetze ueber anonyme Gespraeche und Geruechte.
Ich selbst finde es hilfreich und nuetzlich, die Ratschlaege unter "Traps to Avoid" beim Lesen von Quellen anzuwenden.
Important is what a religion or a cult stands for in real concrete terms relating to every-day life here-and-now.
Important is what a religion or a cult stands for in real concrete terms relating to every-day life here-and-now, and not just what it proclaims to be against.
The problem is that both Judaism and Christianity have in the past been moved by their hierarchies away from following and applying the social laws and social system of the Pentateuch (Five Books of Moses).
So both Judaism and Christianity as practiced today consist largely of warm traditions and practices which are in effect hollow shells of ceremonial and ritual because the social intent and teachings of the Pentateuch are not followed. And there are followers in each religion which follow without questioning the dictates of the head of their religious hierarchy.
The word 'Messiah' can have many meanings and one needs to define in clear concrete terms what it means to the person using it.
What I have done in my works is to record the word of God as written in the Pentateuch, stating that the social laws and social system of the Pentateuch need to be followed if people are to have good lives of high quality, have individual strength, independence and freedom. It is this which needs to be achieved.
Feel free to write again, if you wish. If you let me know which of my reports you have read, I may be able to suggest further reading.
And thank you for what you say about my works, and for your honest and open letter.
The Traditional Beliefs of Judaism
There are now a number of different branches of Judaism which resulted from the negative changes made many years ago to its core social teachings and from changes based on inadequate knowledge and understanding. These branches are competing with each other for influence and power within and over the Jewish communities, each claiming to be traditional or to be establishing a more modern tradition. Those claiming to be traditional, and the other branches, teach the negatively changed version which in effect bypasses the core social teachings.
But Jewish community life within any one branch tends to be close and supportive. Much has been written which is intuitively beautiful, learned and inspiring but without clear knowledge or understanding of the core social laws and intent of the faith.
My writings describe Judaism as it was and also as it is
and how its core social teachings were changed and how the changes were recorded.
Other relevant reports are
The relevance of the Pentateuch's (Torah's) teachings at present time are described in
Thank you for writing. Your comments are very welcome.
The same struggle between humane and inhumane behaviour, of 'government of, by and for the people' against dictatorship, between participative behaviour, leadership, management or government, against authoritarianism and authoritarian rule, is going on all around us at all levels in all organisations.
Judaism and Christianity teach on the whole that human beings and humane behaviour are more important than unquestioning obedience to brutal dictatorship or authoritarianism.
Another determining factor underlying antisemitism is that most Jews are unaware of the social laws and social system of the Pentateuch as these are not being taught or else are being misrepresented as being irrelevant to our lives.
These matters are shown to be so (proved, shown to be fact) in my reports and you may like to let me know which of these you have read so that I can suggest further reading.
Pentateuch (Torah), Talmud (Mishnah and Gemara) and HalachaHave a look at these two reports:
There you will see much about Torah (Pentateuch), Talmud (Mishnah and Gemara) and Halacha, about talmudic arguments and stories. These two reports can show you the inner relevance and significance of the Talmud and of its statements.
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