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  Judaism 101
As recently as 200 years ago, this was the only Judaism, and it still is the only Judaism in many parts of the world.
I do not claim to be a rabbi or an expert on Judaism; I'm just a traditional, observant Jew who has put in a lot of research.
Judaism 101 was originally created as an introduction to Judaism for people with little or no knowledge.
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  Judaism - MSN Encarta
Judaism, religious culture of the Jews (also known as the people of Israel); one of the world’s oldest continuing religious traditions.
Judaism originated in the land of Israel (also known as Palestine) in the Middle East.
From ancient through medieval times, various forms of Judaism have acknowledged the role of other heavenly beings, such as angels, and have warned against various forces of a demonic nature.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761556154/Judaism.html   (1032 words)

  Judaism - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Judaism has seldom, if ever, been monolithic in practice (although it has always been monotheistic in theology), and differs from many religions in that its central authority is not vested in any person or group but rather in its writings and traditions.
The practice of Judaism is devoted to the study and observance of these laws and commandments, as written in the Torah.
Reform Judaism initially defined Judaism as a religion, rather than as a race or culture; rejected most of the ritual ceremonial laws of the Torah while observing moral laws; and emphasized the ethical call of the Prophets.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Judaism   (9421 words)

Judaism is often used for the whole tradition of the religion of the Jews.
Judaism was surpassed only by the religion of Akhenaten and Zoroastrianism as the first monotheistic religions in the world.
Judaism is a religion of "waiting", waiting for Messiah, the god sent ruler who will liberate the Jews and bring back justice and security to the earth.
i-cias.com /e.o/judaism.htm   (2570 words)

But with the lengthy development of Judaism and its many changes it is incorrect to posit, as some have done, that Jewish history produced two separate religions: an OT religion of Israel and the postexilic religion of Judaism.
The feel that Judaism should "alter its externals to strengthen its eternals." Reform holds that there is divine authority only in the written law of the Old Testament (its main distinction from Orthodox.) They feel that the practices of dietary laws and covering the head at worship are outmoded and should be abandoned.
Judaism has a system of law, known as Halachah, regulating civil and criminal justice, family relationships, personal ethics and manners, social responsibilities - such as help to the needy, education, and community institutions - as well as worship and other religious observances.
mb-soft.com /believe/txo/judaism.htm   (5660 words)

 Judaism - Crystalinks
The acknowledged foundations of Judaism are the Principles of Faith, the Ten Commandments, the Golden Rule, and the Law of Holiness.
Furthermore, each period of Jewish history has left behind it a specific element of a Judaic heritage that continued to influence subsequent developments, so that the total Jewish heritage at any time is a combination of all these successive elements along with whatever adjustments and accretions are imperative in each new age.
According to Judaic belief, it is through the historical evolution of man, and particularly of the Jewish people, that the divine guidance of history constantly manifests itself and will ultimately culminate in the messianic age.
www.crystalinks.com /judaism.html   (3754 words)

 Judaism. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Judaism is used more broadly, including also the totality of human interpretation and practice.
The most important holy days in Judaism are the weekly Sabbath, the major holidays of Rosh ha-Shanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkoth (see Tabernacles, Feast of), Simhat Torah, Passover, and Shavuot, and the minor holidays of Hanukkah, Purim, and Tisha B’Av.
The related Reconstructionist movement of Mordechai M. Kaplan holds Judaism to be a human-centered rather than a God-centered religious civilization.
www.bartleby.com /65/ju/Judaism.html   (1934 words)

 A Ready Defense - Judaism
It is to historic Judaism, the Judaism of the Old Testament, that Christianity traces its roots.
To whom belongs the adoption as sons and the glory and the covenants and the giving of the Law and the temple service and the promises, whose are the fathers, and from whom is Christ according to the flesh, who is over all, God blessed forever.
Although Judaism acknowledges that man does commit acts of sin, there is not a sense of man being totally depraved or unworthy as is found in Christian theology.
www.greatcom.org /resources/areadydefense/ch28/default.htm   (2436 words)

 Judaism|BBC World Service
Judaism is the oldest of the world's four great monotheistic religions.
The symbol of Judaism is the Magen (shield) of David, which is often called the Star of David.
In Judaism Hanukkah, the festival of lights, is celebrated by the lighting of candles and the preparation of traditional potato cakes.
bbc.co.uk /worldservice/people/features/world_religions/judaism.shtml   (501 words)

 Probe Ministries - Judaism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Orthodox Judaism upholds the divine inspiration of the Old Testament—giving greater authority to the first five books—and recognizes the Talmud as authoritative for interpreting the Jewish law.
Judaism rejects the Christian doctrine of the Trinity and teaches a unified monotheism based on Deuteronomy 6:4.
Judaism is works-oriented and rejects the atoning work of Christ and His divine nature.
www.probe.org /content/view/1111/65   (2399 words)

 Great World Religions: Judaism (Detailed Description)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
However Judaism is defined, the beliefs, practices, attitudes, and institutions of Jews through the ages display a striking diversity, despite the fact that all would ascribe to a common heritage.
Judaism's calendar is arguably the most important unifying factor in what is otherwise a frequently fragmented religious community.
Their names were Hillel and Shammai, and he asks them, Teach me all of Judaism as I am standing on one leg.' Now, the first rabbi, Shammai, has no patience for such a frivolous request, and he bangs him over the head with a rod that he happened to have in his hand.
www.teach12.com /ttc/assets/coursedescriptions/6103.asp   (1063 words)

 Judaism - ReligionFacts
Judaism is one of the oldest religions still existing today.
It began as the religion of the small nation of the Hebrews, and through thousands of years of suffering, persecution, dispersion, and occasional victory, has continued to be a profoundly influential religion and culture.
Modern Judaism is a complex phenomenon that incorporates both a nation and a religion, and often combines strict adherence to ritual laws with a more liberal attitude towards religious belief.
www.religionfacts.com /judaism/index.htm   (135 words)

 Judaism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
The origins of Judaism can be traced back more than 3000 years to the religion of ancient Israel known as Yahwism.
By the first century BCE there were several varieties of Palestinian Judaism, including the Sadducees, Essenes, Scribes, Pharisees, Zealots and Herodians, defined for the most part by their relation to the Temple at Jerusalem.
The main challenge to Orthodox Judaism came in the eighteenth century as a result of the threat to traditional religion posed by rationalists of the European Enlightenment.
philtar.ucsm.ac.uk /encyclopedia/judaism/geness.html   (972 words)

Rabbinic Judaism, developed according to Pharisaic practice and centered on Torah and synagogue, became the primary expression of faith.
Two branches of European Judaism developed during the Middle Ages: the Sephardic, based in Spain and with an affinity to Babylonian Jews; and the Ashkenazic, based in Franco-German lands and affiliated with Rome and Palestine.
Conservative Judaism, which developed in the mid-18th century, holds the Talmud to be authoritative and follows most traditional practices, yet tries to make Judaism relevant for each generation, believing that change and tradition can complement each other.
www.infoplease.com /ipa/A0001462.html   (977 words)

Conservative* Judaism: This began in the mid-nineteenth century as a reaction against the Reform movement.
Humanistic Judaism: This is a very small group, mainly composed of atheists and agnostics, who regard mankind as the measure of all things.
Reconstructionist Judaism: This is a new, small, liberal movement started by Mordecai Kaplan as an attempt to unify and revitalize the religion.
www.meta-religion.com /World_Religions/Judaism/judaism.htm   (2320 words)

 Judaism   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-22)
Judaism is the oldest of the monotheistic faiths.
Judaism affirms the existence of the one God, Yahweh, who entered into a covenant, or agreement, with the descendants of Abraham, who were God's chosen people.
Judaism's holy writings reveal how God has been present with them throughout their history.
www.factmonster.com /ipka/A0772924.html   (967 words)

Rabbinic Judaism emerged to replace the temple cult at Jerusalem, as the Jews carried on their culture and religion through a tradition of scholarship and strict observance.
Two branches of Judaism emerged in the Middle Ages: the Sephardi, centered in Spain and culturally linked with the Babylonian Jews; and the Ashkenazi, centered in France and Germany and linked with the Jewish culture of Palestine and Rome.
Judaism, Christianity, and Islam are sometimes referred to as the "Abrahamic religions", because of the role Abraham plays in their holy books and beliefs.
www.ishwar.com /judaism   (1099 words)

 Judaism - headings
The ultimate aim of the journal is to promote the reconceptualization of the study of Judaism, by acknowledging and incorporating the roles played by women, and by encouraging the development of alternative research paradigms.
Judaism in Cuba, like other religions there, was severely restricted for almost three decades.
The UJCL strives to preserve the continuity of Judaism in the region and to give a voice to all the small liberal communities in Latin America and the Caribbean.
www.wabashcenter.wabash.edu /Internet/judaism.htm   (3804 words)

 Reform Judaism
Reform Judaism took root in North America more than 130 years ago under the leadership of Rabbi Isaac Mayer Wise, one of several European rabbis who brought the changes in Judaism occurring in Europe to these shores.
Reform Judaism is now the largest Jewish movement in North America, with more than 900 congregations and 1.5 million people.
The word "Reform" in the name of our Movement is a recognition that reform is part of our way of life, as it has been for Jews throughout the centuries.
www.rj.org   (0 words)

 Judaism 101: What Is Judaism?
Clearly, there is a religion called Judaism, a set of ideas about the world and the way we should live our lives that is called "Judaism." It is studied in Religious Studies courses and taught to Jewish children in Hebrew schools.
They may practice some of the rituals of Judaism and celebrate some of the holidays, but they don't think of these actions as religious activities.
The traditional explanation, and the one given in the Torah, is that the Jews are a nation.
www.jewfaq.org /judaism.htm   (1411 words)

 Description of Judaism
Humanistic Judaism: This is a very small group, mainly composed of atheists and agnostics, who regard mankind as the measure of all things.
Reconstructionist Judaism: This is a new, small, liberal movement started by Mordecai Kaplan as an attempt to unify and revitalize the religion.
They follow the ethical laws of Judaism, but leave up to the individual the decision whether to follow or ignore the dietary and other traditional laws.
www.religioustolerance.org /jud_desc.htm   (3200 words)

At the beginning of our era, Judaism was in external appearance thoroughly prepared for the advent of the Kingdom of God.
Jews were far from prepared for the fulfilment of the promises which the almighty had repeatedly made to their race.
This was first shown to them, when a voice, that of John, the son of Zachary and the herald of the Messias, was heard in the wilderness of Juda.
www.newadvent.org /cathen/08399a.htm   (5440 words)

This article is a secular-minded elucidation of the first chapter of the book of Genesis based on the original Hebrew text, with translation and commentary.
According to Orthodox Judaism, nothing has value unless it is for the sake of God.
Judaism and Jewish Apologetics (1997) by Guido Deimel
www.infidels.org /library/modern/theism/judaism/index.shtml   (355 words)

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