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Transcript of Judaism

A glance at Judaism
Judaism is the original of the three Abrahamic faiths, which also includes Christianity and Islam.
Judaism is the religion commonly linked to Jewish people. It is based on the principles contained in the Hebrew Bible, the Tanakh, which are expanded and explained in the Talmud.
Judaism originated in the Middle East over 3500 years ago
Judaism has a rich history of religious text, but the central and most important religious document is the Torah.
Jews believe that there is only one God with whom they have a covenant.
Judaism has a rich history of religious text, but the central and most important religious document is the Torah.
There were around 13.1 million Jewish people in the world in 2007, most residing in the USA and Israel.
- BBC News
Jewish history begins with the covenant established between God and Abraham around 1812 BC, during the Bronze Age, in the Middle East. Abraham is a central figure in Judaism, being considered the Patriarch and progenitor of the Jewish people. Under God’s guidance, the Jews became a powerful nation with kings such as Saul, David, and Solomon, who built the first Temple.
Until now the followers who are in the religion still believes that there is only one indivisible all-powerful, all-knowing and all-present God, who is fair and just and the creator of the universe and mankind. It is the Torah that still exist in the soul of every follower's heart. Torah is a Hebrew word meaning teaching, instruction, or especially Law. It primarily refers to the first section of the Tanakh – the first five books of the Hebrew Bible, or the Five Books of Moses. The five books are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. Collectively they are also known as the Pentateuch

A timeline of the history & events on Judaism
Judaism is a monotheistic faith, meaning that Jews believe there is only One God. Often this God is beyond our ability to comprehend, but God is nevertheless present in our everyday lives.
Unlike Christianity and Islam, Judaism has no official creed or universal doctrinal requirements for membership. In general, a person can be considered "Jewish" whether he adheres to a complete system of beliefs about God and the afterlife, holds only a few simple beliefs that give meaning to ritual, so this is what they mainly believe in.
Some Jews see God as an external force, a Being outside of the universe Who listens to prayers, controls lives, creates miracles, and judges. But that doesn't mean that God looks like us.
These are some of the teachings of the religion:
1) You shall have no other gods before Me.
2)You shall not make yourself any graven image
3)You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain
4)Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy
5)Honor your father and mother
First Myth
The Jewish people can expect to find peace and happiness without actively seeking reconciliation and cooperation with Christians and Muslims who share Abraham as their common ancestor.
In Judaism there are a lot of myths that is passed on from genrations to the other. But these are some of the strange myth that is passed on.
Top ten things you should know!
There is no “Jewish Pope”, no single spiritual authority for Jews.

The idea that Jews have horns is based on a simple misreading of a Biblical verse.

Chanukah both is, and is not, the Jewish Christmas.

The hole in the sheet for sex is a myth.

You don’t need to be Jewish to get into Heaven.

Conversion to Judaism is more a leap of belonging than a leap of faith.

Second Myth
Since Jews are not Christians they have no reason to be interested in Jesus and his teachings.
The mythology of the Jews exists in two main parts. Myth from the bible and also more modern myths, those pertaining to life in the shtetl.
These myths tended to be more along the lines of fables, each teaching a message. They often seek to teach the lesson of charity (which is very important in Judaism), humility, compassion, intelligence, and tolerance.
Some of the Jewish biblical myths are for example: (Adam and Eve, Creation, Noah and the Arc, Joshua and the Battle of Jericho)
Most Jewish myths, such as are found in the Midrash, are “spiritual” myths that incorporate divine things and supernatural times and events, but Jews also have secular myths; some of the best modern example revolves around the founding of the state of Israel.
It is appropriate to use the Torah to legitimize all claims and actions against Palestinians by Zionists.
The Hebrew Bible is the most important holy book of Judaism. It is a collection of writings called the "Tanakh" in Hebrew.
Both Christianity and Islam have similarities with Judaism.
Imporant holiday:
One of the most important day of the week is "The Sabbath Day". On that day all the Jews and followers remembers the creation on which God rested which is on the seventh day. Everyone who are following the religion stop working that day and spend most of thier time worshipping God and make time for the family. During Shabbat, services are held at the synagogue, often led by a Rabbi.
Rosh Hashanah (Festivals)
This day is the Jewish new year day festival which only will last two days. Not only its a new year day but it is also a judgement day for God as the Jews beleive that God balances a person's good deeds over the last year against their bad deeds, and decides what the next year will be like for them.
The Jews recite thier prayers three times a week . For them it is something very important to do in order to vsnish thier own sins. For an observant Jew, prayer is not simply something that happens in synagogue once a week . Prayer an integral part of everyday life for the Jews.
The following are some of the common praayers:

1. Chanukkah Candle Lighting Blessings
2. Havdalah Home Ritual
3. Mourner's Kaddish
4. Affixing a Mezuzah
5. Rosh Hashanah Blessings
6. Shabbat Evening Home Ritual
7. Shema

At the age of 13, Jewish children become responsible for their own action, and usually hold a ceremony to commemorate their rite of passage from childhood into adulthood, when they become bar mitzvah (for boys) or bat mitzvah (for girls).
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