As I will explain one finds no word that translates to “religion” in the Hebrew language. Add to this no formal creeds or doctrines and we also cannot talk of the Jewish “faith”. Since Judaism is so often discussed in Christian terms this may come as a surprise. Soren Kierkegaard also thought of his Christianity as more than a religion.
The way of life I advocate as a Rabbi is based on Torah. Torah, as understood by the Rabbis is a roadmap for the path of life, in Hebrew a Halacha. My map version is more of a google earth perspective than an old fashioned road map, but we are heading towards similar destinations. Because religion is a limiting term I created a new concept I call realigion. From my perspective Torah is a gift from God.
Called to an Aliyah, we recite the traditional blessing acknowledging that God is the giver of a gift, The Torah. The Torah is wrapped in a bow and offered to the people. In other words Torah is a given, and a revelation. Those with inquiring minds open the gift. The only Kabballah one needs at this point is to be receptive to the teachings. This is the literal meaning of the word, not mysticism or hocus pocus, Torahs truths are a given. When we ascend the mountain we receive the Torah, as did Moses. Kabballah that.
Once received, wisdom demands we question every detail of the teachings.
Knowledge, wisdom, and understanding are contingent on the strength of our questions. Write your questions down. Ten per Parsha are a minimum.
This study begins in your home.
Next open a Mikraot Gedoloat and see if Rashi Or Ramdan is answering your question. Consult with your study partner. For married couples your primary study partner is your spouse. Every question has the potential to create a pearl of wisdom. Ask your Rabbi’s. That is Rabbi’s, plural, no one I know wants to attend a university with only one professor.