Judaism is among the worlds oldest religions. It is a religion that is majorly professed by Jews. It extends back to the time of ancient Israel and Hebrew people during the time of Abraham. Judaism originated in the Middle East 3500 years ago. It was founded by Moses and Jews trace their existence from Abraham. The religion is being professed by over million Jews mostly found in USA and Israel. The primary figures in Judaism include Abraham, Jacob, Moses and Isaac (Shumsky, 2012). This essay covers the beliefs, practices and teachings of Judaism.
Judaism is centered on the belief that there is only one God, and who created the universe and with whom any Jew can have and individualistic and personal relationship. The belief of Judaism is that there is a continuation of God’s work in the world and that it affects everything including what people do. According to Judaism, the relationship with God is based on covenant. Judaism is faith that believes in community and family. Jews believe that, they are the chosen people as a community. The community nature of Judaism is expressed in many ways, for example, the Judaism prayer book uses, “we,” or, “our,” in prayers. In terms of family, Judaism has the provision for Sabbath meal where families come together (Ariel, 2006).
Judaism has many practices that are used to strengthen the faith of the Jews. There are Jewish holidays that are paramount events in the Judaism calendar. Some of the holidays include Sabbath, Passover, and Day of Atonement among others. Rite of a passage is another Jewish practice, and circumcision is one of the rites practiced by the Jews. It is a religious obligation made from the covenant between God and Abraham, and it is performed on male children who are eight days old. Wedding rights are also a dominant practice among the Jews. It is one of the cornerstones of Jewish life (Shaye, 1999).
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