Judaism, Religion, Philosophy, Culture And Way Of Life Of The Jewish People

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Judaism is one of the world’s oldest religions founded 3500 years ago in the Middle East and remains an important faith today. Judaism encompasses the religion, philosophy, culture and way of life of the Jewish people. The history of the Jewish people begins with Abraham. Abraham was the first to forsake polytheism and idol worshipping for the belief in one God. Abraham descendants lived in peace until a new Pharaoh in Egypt felt threatened by the Jews so he made them slaves. It is said that God instructed Moses to lead the decedents of Abraham out of Egypt and to the Promised Land. They came to Mt. Sinai where God first appeared to Moses in a burning bush, Moses ascended Mt. Sinai and according to tradition returned with the Ten Commandments along with other laws as a covenant with the people of Israel. (Young) Judaism is considered by religious Jews to be the expression of the covenantal relationship that God established with the Children of Israel. Judaism is all over the world. Jewish communities have been in most parts of the world for many centuries. They speak different languages and may be of any color. There are three major sects of Judaism, which include Orthodox, conservative and reform sect. Orthodox Jews are those who maintain the most traditional beliefs and practices of the religion. They strictly observe the dietary laws (“kosher”) and the practices of the Sabbath. Reform Judaism was founded in 1873 by Rabbi Isaac

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