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In more open Orthodox circles, attempts were made to formulate philosophies that would confront modern sensibilities.Notable examples are the Hegelian-Kabbalistic theology of Abraham Isaac Kook, who viewed history as progressing toward a Messianic redemption in a dialectic fashion which required the strengthening of heretical forces, or the existentialist thought of Joseph B.The basic tenets, drawn from ancient sources like the Talmud as well as later sages, include the attributes of God in Judaism: one and indivisible, preceding all creation which He alone brought into being, eternal, omniscient, omnipotent, absolutely incorporeal, and beyond human reason.Maimonides delineated this understanding of a monotheistic, personal God in six articles concerning His status as the sole Creator, His oneness, His impalpability, that He is first and last, that God alone may be worshiped, and no other being, and that He is omniscient.For example, while Maimonides stated in his writings (and his explanation was very much controversial) that the Garden of Eden is a location on earth that will be recovered, the term Gehinnom ("Hell") referred to punishment in this world, and that only the soul of the righteous shall survive and delight in bliss.
This issue has been subject to much debate and interpretation.
More specific doctrines refer to the times of Godly salvation and afterlife – in Judaism, Olam ha Ba, The World to Come.
These include belief in divine reward for those who observe the Lord's commandments and likewise, punishment meted unto the transgressors.
In the 20th century, a segment of the Orthodox population (as represented by the World Agudath Israel movement) disagreed with Modern Orthodoxy and took a stricter approach.
Such rabbis viewed innovations and modifications within Jewish law and customs with extreme care and caution.