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Judaism Ever since the beginning, Judaism has had mystical systems, which can be compared to many other cultures of its time. The awkwardness of the questions that jews were faced with started their problems and they have been (which is a well known fact) exceptions from the start of tradition. They believed in the fact that GOD was watching over humans all the time, and as a shepherd watches his flock and guides them in the right direction, that god too shows humans the right path. The traditional approach to Judaism was that god himself had chosen these people and himself known to them. They did not receive any special treatments as such or a promise to make life easier for them. In fact, life throughout time has been getting tougher and tougher for the Jews. They setup a covenant with him (god) stating that they would worship and believe in him and in return he would preserve their religion and existence throughout history.

Kabbala (the form of Jewish mysticism) had many areas of influence right from magic to messianic movements. The most popular of those movements was a form of Jewish mysticism called Hasidism, which was a pietistic movement that started in Eastern Europe and was a feeling reaction that had generated against the emphasis on learning and legalism and also against the stiff social conditions of the time. It taught the Jews to follow the law and at the same time make it an expression for the love of god.

The enlightenment in the 18th century brought about differences in the way of living for the Jews by great thinkers by advising them to adapt to the non-Jewish European lifestyle but instead it resulted in the Jewish community becoming secularized.

The troubles for Jews did not end...