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Places Judaism is Practiced

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Basics Practices

613 Commandments

The Mitzvot

Rabbinic Law

Book of Worship- Torah

Sacred texts- The Tanakh is the Hebrew Bible, the quintessential sacred text. The first five books of this comprise the Torah (or Pentateuch), the core sacred writings of the ancient Jews, traditionally written by Moses under divine inspiration.

Jewish holiday- Days of Awe

The Days of Awe are the 10 days from the beginning of Rosh Hashanah to the end of Yom Kippur. This time, which occurs in the autumn, is devoted to introspection, repentance, and atonement for sin.

Issue 1- Murder

-According to Jewish religion, the murder of a Jew is a capital offense and one of the three most heinous sins (the other two being idolatry and adultery).

- Jewish religious courts and authorities are commanded to punish, beyond the limits of the ordinary administration of justice, anyone guilty of murdering a Jew.

-A Jew who indirectly causes the death of another Jew is only guilty of what talmudic law calls a sin against the 'laws of Heaven', to be punished by God rather than by man.

-When the victim is a Gentile, the position is different. A Jew who murders a Gentile is guilty only of a sin against the laws of Heaven, not punishable by a court. To cause indirectly the death of a Gentile is no sin at all.

Issue 2- Marriage

-Even when two people are meant for each other, it is possible for them to ruin their marriage. That is why Judaism allows divorce.

-The Talmud teaches that God also arranges second marriages, and a man's second wife is chosen according to his merits.

-The traditional view is that you cannot know who your bashert is, but once you get married, the person you married is by definition your bashert, so you should not let concerns about finding your bashert discourage you from marrying someone.