Although we refer to ourselves as G-d's chosen people, we do not believe that G-d chose the Jews because of any inherent superiority.
According to the Talmud (Avodah Zarah 2b), G-d offered the Torah to all the nations of the earth, and the Jews were the only ones who accepted it.
Also we place salt on the bread because salt is a preserver, symbolizing that this meal is no longer merely a transitory experience, but a moment that will last for eternity.
Further, Genesis says that we should eat our bread with the sweat of our brow (sweat contains salt).
Judaism generally recognizes that Christians and Moslems worship the same G-d that we do and those who follow the tenets of their religions can be considered righteous in the eyes of G-d.
(Many are particular to do this on Shabbat.) The reason for this custom is because the table that we eat on is compared to the Altar that once stood in the Holy Temple. Just as all offerings on the Altar were salted, the bread that we eat is salted, too.Our community has always been influenced by the cycles of the other communities around us and the timelines for marriage have reflected that.There is no one right path or a right amount of time to date.In the end, Judaism recognizes that if two people are to truly become one, then it may take some time. Some want stability of location – others would like to travel the world.The lists for a partner’s attributes are easily just as varied. Some want wealth – that is less important to others. However, since Valentine’s Day is coming up, in the spirit of living in multiple civilizations I am happy to tell you what made my list and the Jewish values behind them: A sweet soul – a yiddishe neshamah Jewish - MOT Wanted children – be fruitful and multiply Caring - hesed Wanted pets – taking care of the world around us Attractive – heyn be’eneyha Happy - simhah Compassionate – rahamim Ethical – mishpat I am fortunate to say that I have been partnered for almost 7 years now.
You don't have to be Jewish to find favor in G-d's eyes G-d gave only seven basic commandments to gentiles Yiddish words for gentiles are goy, shiksa and shkutz Judaism does not approve of interfaith marriage, but it is very common Jews do not proselytize, but it is possible to convert to Judaism Judaism maintains that the righteous of all nations have a place in the world to come.