Characteristics Of Judaism

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There are many religions across the world, 4,200 to be exact. However, the most practiced religions only come down to five, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, and Islam. Some of these are very similar, but each of these religions has unique and distinct characteristics that set them apart from one another. Judaism is an ancient monotheistic religion that encompasses the religion and way of life of the Jewish people. Judaism is a monotheistic religion that believes in the god named HaShem. It was founded around 1800 B.C.E in Israel by Abraham. Abraham and Moses were very important people, Abraham being the prophet of God and Moses saving hundreds of slaves from Egypt. The symbol of Judaism is “David’s Star,” (✡) this was used in a prayer book as a title of the god of Israel. Jewish people worship their religions in temples and learn their religion from their sacred text, Torah. The religion teaches the Ten Commandments, which teaches to cause no harm and to remain peaceful. Some rules are to not eat pork and rest on Sabbath. The goal of Judaism is to maintain a positive moral behavior. The Jewish belief is that when you die, you are taken to the Promised land by Moses. (Continued on next page)
Some holidays that they will celebrate are Hanukkah: the festival of lights that starts on December 13th, and Rosh Hashanah: the Jewish New Year on September 22nd. Judaism has many different characteristics and ways of life. The second founded religion was Hinduism.
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