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published: 3/17/04
updated: 2/25/14

Judaism




Judaism is one of the oldest religions in the world today, whose history extends back through the ancient Israelite and Hebrew people. Through centuries of suffering, persecution, dispersion, and occasional victory, Judaism has continued to exert a profound influence around the world. Today, approximately 14 million people identify themselves as a member of this monotheistic faith. Modern Judaism is composed of different branches (or denominations), each of which has a different approaches to religious life, such as adherance to the Law.

When it comes to Judaism, many people have questions like: What do Jews believe about Allah, the universe, people, the spiritual realm, and the afterlife? What are their values, traditions, and ethics? Who are their teachers, leaders, and converts? And what is their history? Serious students of religion will also want to know how Judaism is the same as, and different from, other major world religions, such as Islam and Christianity.

The table of contents below will direct you to various topics on Islam, from their beliefs to comparison charts to their holidays to their sacred texts and much more. (Note: Category headings go to the home page for that subject.)



Jewish beliefs, history, holidays, practices, and more

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Jewish Holidays

Judaism Basics

Jewish Beliefs


Overview of Judaism


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Glossary of Judaism

Timeline of Judaism

Judaism vs. Christianity Comparison Chart

Judaism, Christianity, Islam, Baha'i Comparison Chart

13 Articles of Faith

God

The Messiah
Human Nature

Afterlife



Jews at the Western Wall, Jerusalem

Jewish Holidays

Jewish History


The Jewish Calendar


Counting the Omer

Days of Awe

Hanukkah

Rosh Hashanah

Sabbath

Sukkot

Passover

Purim

Tu B'Shevat

Yom Kippur

Historical Context

The
Patriarchs

Moses and Sinai

The 10 Plagues of Egypt

Canaan and Judges


The United Monarchy

Jewish Life Cycle Rituals

Jewish People


Death

Divorce

Marriage

Mourning

Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Circumcision (Brit Milah)

Naming Ceremonies


Redemption of the Firstborn
Martin Buber

Philo of Alexandria

Jewish Practices

Jewish Texts


613 Commandments


Keeping Kosher

Mitzvot

Rabbinic Law

Worship & Prayer

Talmud

Tanakh

Torah (Law)
Midrash

Responsa

Zohar

Jewish Things

Jewish Sects


Kittel


Mezuzah

Synagogue

Tallit and Tzitzit

Tefillin (Phylacteries)
Conservative

Hasidic
Orthodox

Reform




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