Essay about Judaism

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Judaism Darlene Branconier REL/134 July 31st, 2012 David Gainey Judaism Judaism is among the oldest of the world's major living religious cultures of the Jewish. Rich in culture and history Judaism is the first of three (including Christianity and Islam) monotheistic religions; teaching in the belief in one God. There is a cultural and religious spirit that contributes to the characterization of the Jewish people and the Jewish lifestyle. Influenced by Jewish history, the Jewish festival of Purim is celebration of deliverance from Haman’s plot to massacre the Jewish people and is observed differently within the contemporary branches of Judaism. The historic origin of Purim was established approximately 2,300 years ago. Based in…show more content…
Purim begins at sundown the evening before the day of the holiday and ends at sundown the evening of. The secular dates for 2012 are March seventh through eight and 2013 is February 23-24. Religious practices and celebration include a variety of activities. They are to observe these as days of feasting and gladness, and for sending delicacies to one another and giving gifts to the poor (Esther 9:22 King James Version). Although not a Biblically ordained Holy day, a religious ceremony ordained to commemorate Purim on the eve of Adar 14th is for a reading of the Book of Esther (the "Megillah") to take place in synagogue. It is during this time during the service that when the name, Hamman is mentioned the customary practice to blot out his name by yelling, stomping feet, and spinning a noise maker called a Gragger (sound of Gragger). At times, in respect to the children, the Book of Esther will be sung. Also at the close of the evening of the 14th it is customary to have one celebratory meal (Seudat Purim) and the consuming of alcoholic beverages is encouraged more than usual until no one can decipher "Cursed be Haman" from "Blessed be Mordecai," (Judaism 101, 2012). Also customary to the celebration of Purim is a mini-fast (Adar 13th) to honor Esther’s three days of fasting, the giving of food and gifts, special pastries made and shared masquerades, and carnival like celebrations. All branches of Judaism

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