Basic Jewish Beliefs

By: Faith Snapp & Sydney Cochran

God

Monotheism

Belief that there is only one God


Jews believe that there is only one God. Judaism usually encourages people to explore their own personal relationship with God. Some people choose to connect to God through prayer. Others see God in all the natural world, and there are also some that may not think about God everyday.

B'tzelem Elohim

Divine Image

"B'tzelem Elohim"

Means in the image of God or in God's image.

They believe that everyone was created in the image of God, "B'tzelem Elohim," and that every person is equally important and has the potential to do good in this world. They believe that people have freewill to make their own choices in their lives and that they are responsible for the consequences of their choices.

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Synagogue

A House of prayer.

A building where Jewish assemblies and congregations are held for religious worship. Most Synagogues have a large hall for prayer and then smaller rooms for study and have a separate room for Torah. They may also have a social hall and some offices. Some Jewish traditions claim that Synagogues existed, "from the time of Moses."
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