Differences Between Judaism And Judaism

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As David Gelernter, author of Judaism: A Way of Being, once professed, “If we were forced to choose just one, there would be no way to deny that Judaism is the most important intellectual development in human history." Although most Christians have the same fundamental core values (even though there are variances between the numerous denominations, including Evangelicalism, Eastern Orthodoxy, Catholicism, and Anglicanism), Judaism and Christianity have significant differences between the two religions. Looking at Judaism next, many Christians or people in general are often unable to define Judaism specifically due to the variances between the denominations, but can recognize its common characteristics. However, although difficult to define, …show more content…
There were several rows of wooden pews or benches. In front of the synagogue there were a few steps and then there was the portion of the synagogue where the prayer services are performed (which is known as the sanctuary). Then there was the Ark, as well as a curtain in front. The curtain was opened or closed depending on the prayer. In front of the Ark, there was the Eternal Lamp and a menorah that had eight branches. In the center of the room there was a pedestal where there the Torah scrolls were placed. I also observed that the men and women were separated because the men were not allowed to pray in the presence of women. As the service started, I observed that the other people in the synagogue were uttering a prayer known as Mah Tovu (which is a series of five verses taken from the Old Testament). The prayer was “Mah tovu ohalekha Ya’akov mishkenotekha Yisrael” which in English is, “How lovely are your tents, O Jacob, your dwelling places O Israel.” There was a feeling of joy and reverence among the people. The rabbi said a prayer blessing the Torah (also known as the Morning Blessing). After this, there were songs/hymns of praise, known as P’sukei D’zimrah, which were all in Hebrew. After the songs was the “Sh’ma

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