Judaism is characterized by strict monotheism, the belief that there is
a single, omniscient, omnipotent, omnibenevolent, transcendent God,
who created the universe and continues to be involved in its governance.
According to traditional Jewish belief, the God who created the world
established a covenant with the Jewish people, and revealed his laws and
commandments to them in the form of the
The practice of Judaism is devoted to the study and observance of these
laws and commandments, as written in the
The Jewish community has never developed any one binding catechism, though all such formulations, many were formulated by medieval rabbinic authorities, demonstrate a commonality of core ideology. Nevertheless, the discussions on the Principles of Jewish Faith is controversial between different authorities.
The fundamental script is the the Hebrew Bible or
which is known by Christians as the Old Testament.
as "received tradition" provides insight into Jewish mysticism,
which attempts to reveal hidden mystical insights in the Tanakh
and offers mystical insight into divine nature.
as a collection of commentaries provide an extensive and critical
interpretation of the Tanakh.