Answers to Quora Questions by Yair Davidiy (3 September 2017, 12 Elul, 5777)
What was the historical significance of the development of Judaism?
Judaism as a religion represented the unfolding of the Law that had been encompassed in the Torah. It was a development whereby intellect and faith merged to become one with the Almighty and to do HIS will.
In Biblical terms JUDAH embodies all those Israelites who remained faithful to the Law.
Ephraim compasseth me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit: but Judah yet ruleth with God, and is faithful with the saints (Hosea 11:12).
Ephraim is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver (Psalms 60:9, 108:90).
The scepter [Hebrew: shevet] shall not depart from Judah nor a lawgiver from between his feet (Genesis 49:10).
We were commanded when in doubt to go to the Levites and Judges whom we would have at that time. Through Judah this is what we have always had. This is what Judaism is.
Deuteronomy (TLB) 17:
8 If a case arises that is too hard for you to decide,for instance, whether someone is guilty of murder when there is insufficient evidence, or whether someone's rights have been violated, you shall take the case to the sanctuary of the LORD your God, 9 to the priests and Levites, and the chief judge on duty at the time will make the decision.
In the End Times the correctness of Judaism will be owned up to by others.
In those days ten men out of all the languages of the nations, even shall take hold of the skirt of him that is a Jew, saying, we will go with you: for we have heard that God is with you (Zechariah 8:23).
In history, the Jews were victimized and treated with contempt. This had been prophesied.
He is despised and rejected of men: a man of sorrows...he was despised and we esteemed him not... he hath borne our griefs and carried our sorrows yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted. he opened not his mouth, as a lamb to the slaughter...the lord hath laid upon him the iniquity of us all (Isaiah ch.53).
The Jew testifies to the ONEness of God.
You are my witnesses and my servant whom I hath chosen. Before me there was no God formed neither shall there be after me (Isaiah 42; 10).