The Meaning of Life in Israel (Judaism)
Over centuries many Jews were ready to sacrifice their lives rather than forsake their religion. Why? Because, only when you would know what is for you are ready to die – then, you will truly begin to live. All through the 2,000 years of exile, the Jewish people have faced many opportunities to exhibit courage and keep their Jewish faith. Think for example of Natan Sharansky – a prisoner of Zion who suffered willingly years of physical and mental torments all because he had refused to give up his Jewish faith, until finally he was elected to the Israeli parliament of the Jewish state. The pages of Jewish history are abounded with thousands of people like Natan (Anatoly) Sharansky. From time immemorial Jews have sacrificed their lives for their faith – during the time of the inquisition, the crusaders, the pogroms, or the numerous expulsions and persecutions. For western ears, sacrificing lives for the sake of faith seems too extreme of an act! The question is whether there is a reason or logic to the acts of our ancestors. Where did our ancestors found the strength to risk their lives in order not to accept a different faith? “Meaning of Life” according to Judaism.