Deeksha Sriram, Ali Gentry, Claire Police
Diffusion of Judaism
Holy Places of Judaism
Where Judaism is Practiced Today
Number of Followers of Judaism
Below is a map of the distribution of followers of Judaism. The numbers are in millions and the blue is Judaism.
Origin of Judaism
Basic Religious beliefs of Judaism
Judaism is an Ethnic religion.
Branches of Judaism
Orthodox believes that God is a spirit, not a form, and is compassionate and personal.
The Conservative branch believes that God is unspeakable and impersonal.
The Reform branch believes that they don’t know the truth, so there are many different interpretations of God.
Key Figures in Judaism
2.) Moses- Moses was the greatest of the prophets, a great leader and teacher; he also led the Jews out of Egypt and into the Promised Land
3.) The Prophets- they were people chosen by God to speak to the people on His behalf
Holy Texts in Judaism
Symbols in Judaism
2.) The word Chai: it means life, and has a number value of 18. Most hebrews wear this word on a necklace
3.) Headcoverings: men cover their heads with a kippah, which shows their respect to God. Women who are married and religious wear a wig, scarf or other covering to show modesty
4.) The Menorah: seen in most synagogues around the world; originally a candelabrum; seven branches
5.) The Mezuzah: a symbol attached to doorways, that identifies the home as Jewish, there are two parts; the scroll, on which certain prayers are written and a container for the scroll, which is usually decorated
6.) The Shofar: a ram’s horn that is polished and used at Jewish holidays. It is blown to bring in the new year
7.) The Tallit: also known as a prayer shawl; worn during prayer to remind that God is protecting them
8.) The Tefillin: binded to the head and arms of men during prayer; said to take them a higher spiritual level
9.) The Hamsa: a good luck charm; shaped like a hand with an eye in the center; reminds of God’s watchful eye and protective hand
Jewish Place of Worship
Impact on social/family structures:
2.) They believe that every person was made in the divine image.
3.) Jews believe that all Jews have a sense of community, even though they might be around the world, they are interconnected.
4.) The elders of the family are very well respected.
Impact on cultural beliefs/ expectations:
2.) The Torah is their most important text, and they have 10 Commandments that they follow.
3.) Inter-religious marriages are severely frowned upon.