Jewish Beliefs: Accepting the Yoke of the Mitzvot

Judaism is not heavy with doctrine but has 613 commandments – all but three of which can and should be broken when life is in peril.

The Jewish religion is not heavy on doctrine, nor does it have a credo that its followers must accept in order to be Jews in good standing. Leading a Jewish life, at least from the religious point of view, is to take on the “yoke of the mitzvot,” the commandments that include instructions for how to comport oneself in almost every aspect of existence.