Cracking the Code of Judaism

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Cracking the Code
Of Judaism

Moral Issues in World religions
Andy Im
Joelle Griswold

We cannot imagine our world without religions. There are people who fully believe in God and there are those who don’t believe. The concept of every religion even a small one is very complex and takes hours to be explained. However, in my paper I will try to crack the code of Judaism briefly, presenting the most important points of this fascinating religion. I will also touch upon some of the basic similarities and distinctions Judaism and Christianity have. Judaism is all over the world. You can find Jewish people in many countries. It is also the oldest monotheistic religion, originating at least 3,000 years ago. “Judaism is both the least and the greatest of the great religions. Strictly by the numbers, it is by far the smallest. There are only about 14 million Jews worldwide. But this tiny religion has a huge influence far out of proportion to its numbers. It started a revolution that remade the western world. It continues to demand justice for the poor and oppressed. It gives us stories that continue to animate political and literarily conversations worldwide.” In the Bible, Jew were called Hebrews or Children of Israel. The terms “Jew” and “Judaism” come from the tribe or kingdom of Judah “Jew” now refers to all physical and spiritual descendants of Jacob. The most important book of Judaism is the Hebrew Bible, the “Old Testament”, especially its first five books, called the Torah. According to the teachings of Judaism, God's will for human behavior was revealed to Moses and the Israelites at Mount Saini. The Torah, or commandments, which regulate how humans are to live their lives, were a gift from God so that they might live in according to His will. Observation of the weekly Sabbath as a day of rest is also a fundamental law of Judaism. God was creating the world for six...
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