Judaism

By A. Liu

Did You Know...

As you might know, people who practice the religion of Judaism are called Jews. There are 3 types of Jews, orthodox, conservative, and reformed. Their god is called Yahweh and like both Christians and Muslims, they see Abraham as a holy figure. Another similarity these religions share is that they are all monotheistic religions and that Jerusalem is a holy city. For Jews, Jerusalem is the site of the Western wall or the Wailing wall. The Wailing wall is where Jews go to mourn the loss of the second temple and Europeans call it the wailing wall because some people that visit the wall wail in anguish. Jews go to a synagogue to pray. On Friday evenings to Saturday night, Jews rest and study the Torah, their holy book. A rabbi is the teacher of the Torah. They follow god's laws, which includes the 10 commandments and Jews believe that all people are equal. Jews are very particular about their diet. Some don't eat certain meats and most won't mix meat and dairy products together. When a young Jew turns 12-13 years old, they have a bar (boy) or bat (girl) mitzvah and then becomes an official member of the congregation. Some holy days or holidays are Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Passover, and Hanukkah. Rosh Hashanah is the new year and Jews begin fasting. Yom Kippur ends the fasting with a celebration. Passover is when Jews remember when the angel of death passed over Hebrews who were in bondage in Egypt. Hanukkah celebrates the miracle of oil lasting 8 days when there was only enough to last then 1 day in a Temple.