Israel & Humanity – the Quest for Universal Torah, by R. Elijah Benamozegh
Lesson 8 – Man, the Temple of God, Inherent Good, and the Meaning of Freedom
Part 2, Chapter 2 – This lesson opens with a discussion defining the difference between Hebraic and Greek thinking. The Hebraic mind sees no split between the spiritual and the physical, whereas the Greek mind drew strong lines of distinction between the two. It is this significant difference in global outlook that underlies the difference between the religions of Judaism and Christianity.
Continued discussion defining the fundamental differences between the two faiths, how Christianity looks at man needing to be saved, and how such a salvation is unheard of, and unnecessary in Judaism. Man is inherently good, and will face a positive future.
Human freedom, man is free from the spirit of determinism. Reference to Calvinism, and the eastern idea of Karma, and how Torah fundamentally disagrees with both. Every individual has a positive foundation, and can move forward with self improvement.
The meaning of “there is no mazal for Israel.”