Jewish Culture



Mazel tov!!! That is a Jewish phrase meaning congratulations or wishing someone good luck! In the Jewish religion, you may hear this a lot in many of their celebrations or holy days. It is interesting to learn about these holy days and the beliefs that go along with them and the oldest religion in the world, Judaism.

Jewish Beliefs

In the Jewish religion they believe in the Hebrew Bible. The Torah is the first five books of the Bible which are Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy. They call these first books The Five Books of Moses because they belief that they were given directly from God to Moses. The Torah is the first five books of the Hebrew Bible , also called the written law. They believe in one God and no other Gods or idols. They believe that around 2000 BC the lord came to Abraham and told him to leave his country and that if he obeyed he would make him into a great nation. Following Gods commands are important in Judiasm. The Torah is also called the Law and these laws are the Ten Commandments. They also follow many other laws like, regulating their diet, celebrating holy days and days of rest. In addition to these laws they believe that ethics and responsibility are very important. They think it is very important to love one another and honor their parents and family.

Jewish Holy Days

Judaism has many Holy (Festival) days throughout the year. Passover, for example is celebrated in memory of the escape from Egyption bondage. Shavout, recognizes the end of the grain harvest and the giving of the law to Moses. Rosh Hashana is considered the New Year and starts a 10 day time of penitence (shame or regret) that ends with Yom Kippur, which is the Day of Atonement (forgiveness) which is the most important Jewish Holiday. In early winter Jews celebrate the feast of Hanukkah, which honors the successful war of independence. All of these important Holy Days and Festivals are important to Jewish families. They all include synagogue (church) worship and family ceromonies.


Oy Vey (exclamation of dismay), so much to learn about this amazing and historic religion. Their beliefs and Holy days are full of history. Some of the beliefs like following Gods commands could be difficult but loving one another could be something all religions could learn from. Same with some of the Jewish Holy Days. Spending time thinking about our sins could help us all learn to be better people. Also, who wouldn't like a delish feast like they celebrate at Hanukkah. Shalom (wishing you deep peace)!
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