Israel & Humanity – the Quest for Universal Torah, by R. Elijah Benamozegh Lesson 2 – The Origins of Monotheism. Chapter 1 – The unity of God. Monotheism did not start with Moses. There is a strong overlap and influence of Egyptian culture and religious beliefs on fledgling Judaism. Discussion of the Hyksos, the early Egyptian monotheists. Cross cultural influences can be seen from the ancient Greek Pythagorean school to the ancient Indian Vedic (Hindu) schools. Torah is in the middle uniting them all. This is the role of Universal Torah. Defense of the Kabbalah, how this universal application of Torah elevates Judaism out of its limited national role, and enables it to rightly be a light to the nations.