Studies of Religion - Judaism

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SOR – Assessment Task 1
Judaism as stated by the quote is a religion of action, setting an example and spiritual connection to the world. Individuals and the Jewish community are influenced by a variety of life’s aspects that help create complexity and significance in adherent’s lives. Guidance through life is aided by significant practices such as synagogue services which set an example and Jewish scholars like Moses Maimonides that consolidated Judaism in the face of dual threats. With their enriched lives Jewish adherents can spread their knowledge, righteous behaviour, peace of the community, philosophy and reverence of God. Synagogue services are a major part of Jewish adherents lives, which helps individuals express their faith in the world. A synagogue is a place of prayer, study and gathering for individuals. The synagogues are only second to the temple and are places of worship and great focus for Jewish life. It is a place where individuals come to pray and worship God to find wisdom and knowledge within their life. A synagogue also educates individuals and teaches adherents about the Torah and Judaism throughout their whole life. As stated in Proverbs 22:6, “Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” A synagogue also helps to congregate people together for activities, charity and security which create complexity but tranquillity for individuals. This knowledge incorporated with the assembly of Jewish adherents strengthens their purpose and contribution to the world. The Jewish community is also affected by the synagogue, its beliefs and action within other communities. Numerous festivals are held throughout the year such as Pesach, commemorating the passing over of the houses of Israelites as God seized the firstborns of the Egyptians. Pesach is remembering the history and the bitterness of slavery, but the sweetness of deliverance. This festival proceeds over a seven day period, which includes no work,...
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