Culture Project

Jewish

Diseases & Illenesses

There are a number of genetic disease for which person of jewish heritage are likely to be carries of. Estimated 1 in 2 Ashkenazi jews in the United States is a carrier of at least one of 38 Jewish genetic diseases such as:

- Alpha Thalassemia

-Ataxia Telangiectasia

-Beta Thalassemia(B-T)

-Cystic Fibrosis

- Spinal Muscular Atrophy

- Wolman Disease

Stress Releivers & Everyday Activities

- Daily prayers three time each day in the morning (shachartit), the afternoon (Mincha), and after sunset (Ma'ariv or Arvit).

- Synagogues are for congregational prayer and study. On Monday, Thrusday, the Sabbath, festivals, and High Holy Days, the synagogues service includes readings in Hebrew

from the Torah and the Prophets.

Cuisine

Jewish cuisine diverse of the jewish diaspora worldwide. Also with the culture/ religion some foods are made on special holidays such as Shabbat challah a special Jewish braided bread eaten on Sabbath and Jewish Holidays. Matzah ball soup an Ashkenzi soup dumpling made from a mixture of matzah meal , eggs, water, and a fat, such as oil, margarine, or chicken fat.

Beliefs on Tobacco & Alcohol

Those who smoke are under a strict moral obligation to do all in their power to stop smoking. It is wrong as well to encourage smokers in their habit by buying tobacco for them or by offering them a light. Judaism does not condemn the use, in moderation, of alcoholic beverages. Wine has always played a visibly central role in Jewish religious culture. The use of wine is required in such ritual practices as Kiddush [a declaration of the sacredness of a Shabbat or festival, recited

Family & Marriage Structure

Marriage:

• Judaism believes in the concept of soul mates, called bashert
• The primary purpose of marriage is love and companionship, not just childbearing
• A contract called a ketubah spells out terms of marriage and divorce
• Marriages between certain close relatives are prohibited
• Children born out of wedlock are not bastards in Jewish law


Thoughts on family structure today, having children and instilling Jewish values in them is seen as a counterbalance to the shrinking Jewish populace, and some Jews believe they have a responsibility to create Jewish children in part to make up for the vast number of Jews lost during the Holocaust.

Why this Culture?

I picked this culture being I felt that it a lot of students felt as if they knew everything about the Jewish culture so I wanted to actually research and learn about them/it. Also their a brave culture going through the holocaust.