In five pages the similarities and differences between Judaism and Buddhism are considered. Six sources are cited in the bibliography.
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of the two religions. Blessed with an abundance of altruism, both Judaism and Buddhism place humanity and other living entities at the top of their priority list with regard
to their overall dogma. Buddhism is far more focused upon the world as an entire entity, where Judaism is more concerned with mankind, in particular.
At the heart of both Judaism and Buddhism is the doctrine of peace and kindness toward all living beings. While Judaism believes strongly in the presence
of God (Schechter, 2002), Buddhism does not place their belief in any one entity; rather, Buddhists believe there is no divine creator, that the universe is self-existent without benefit of
beginning or end. Their notion is that there exists a cyclical recurrence of change that is demonstrated through continual destruction and resurgence. Contrarily, Jews place God at the
forefront of their religion, going so far as to believe that the God of Israel will come to be the God of the whole world (Schechter, 2002). So steadfast
and unshaken in confidence are they in their conviction that their God will ultimately rule the world, that the Jews have established the doctrines of faith and hope as the
two primary elements of Judaism (Schechter, 2002). Buddhism decrees outright respect for every living being no matter whether that being is human, animal
or otherwise. To Buddhists, all life has meaning and worth, and is deserving of the utmost respect. While the Jews possess a reverence for all of Gods creatures,
as well, it is nothing in comparison to the extent of Buddhism. Buddhists abhor violence and cruelty, particularly when it is inflicted upon the innocent. Even seemingly unworthy