Judaism and its roots

And the way it is preached

The Origins

Judaism was formed in c.2000 B.C.E and its origins date back to to ancient eastern regions of Canaan. The Jews had Abraham as their Prophet and key figure. Abraham was chosen because of a close relationship and his covenant with God. The Jewish people are the decedents of Abraham. Canaan later on became Israel, which was from the name giving to Jacob in Genesis

Sacred Texts

The Jewish people have many sacred writings, including the bible. The also have the Torah, which is the five books of Moses. The Five books include Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. For law it is the Mishnah and the Gemara which are both components of the Talmud.

Places of Worship

The places were Jewish people pray and go to worship are called Synagogues. Friday evening is Sabbath eve which is the holy day for Jewish people. Though some Orthodox Jews will go 3 times a day everyday. The Jewish people have Scholars called Rabbis. Rabbis teach and study Jewish laws, somewhat similar to a Priest in Christianity.

Current State

After WWII the Jews needed an area to live and practice their beliefs so the ended up getting a new homeland called Israel. The people in present day Israel share the same language and culture from the times of their founding father Abraham. Many Jewish people are now apart of religious movement such as being and Orthodox Jew or Secular. Secular Jews are tied to holy places and celebrate Jewish holidays such as Hanukkah and may visit a Synagogue from time to time. Orthodox Jews are devoted to the religion by spending most of their time in their churches or having prayer. They practice as much as possible and wear certain caps called a Kippah or sometimes a Yarmulke at all times.