Essay Judaism : A Jewish Religion

1380 Words Jun 26th, 2015 6 Pages
Judaism is a Jewish religion, which can mean the civilization of the Jews or the culture of those who claim to be Jews. Judaism is among the oldest religions in the universe. It began in the Middle East 3500 years ago. The Jewish believe that they are God chosen people, who are meant to instill holiness and ethics to the universe. Just as any other religion, Judaism has its unique religious beliefs and faith based on their traditions and doctrines. Judaism focuses on relationships; the relationship between God and mankind, between God and the Jewish people, between the Jewish people and the land of Israel, and between human beings.
There are different denominations of Judaism, which are generally referred to as movements. The differences between Jewish movements today are not so much theological but more a matter of how literally they take the scriptures. Orthodox Judaism includes 613 commandments given by God in the Torah as well as the laws instituted by the rabbi. There are African Jews, Persian Jews, Israel Jews, Jews whom are French, Russian, Indian and the list goes on. They are all part of the Jewish civilization yet all having different views, rituals, and customs.
The Jewish religion is made up of many parts: beliefs concerning God, the universe, humanity, customs, and ceremonies, tradition expressed in historical writings of many great thinkers, common history and the people called the Jews. Most Jews share certain beliefs like the unity of God, God’s concern for…

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