A View Of Judaism Essay

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A View of JudaismLaura GabbardWestern International UniversityHUM 127 Religions of the WorldJohn PapazafiropoulosApril 21, 2006A View of JudaismJudaism is a monotheistic religion like Christianity and Islam. For most people that is all they know of it. There is a long tradition to this ritualistic religion. Its' originator is Abraham, again like Christianity and Islam. Today, as it was nearly from the beginning, all three exist in Israel. Christianity and Judaism are like brothers, related but different. Jesus, on whom Christianity bases itself, was a Jew.Judaism considers Abraham, and his son Isaac the father of their religion. Abraham nearly sacrificed his son for God. The stories of Abraham, Isaac, Moses, and many others are in the Old Testament of the Bible. The first five books are known as the Five Books of Moses or the Torah. All of Judaism uses the Old Testament and the law of the Talmud. According to Judaism, there is one God-Yahweh, the divine, creator god.There are certain central beliefs that all forms of Judaism share. It is a monotheistic religion. Life is sacred, and life exists for the love of God. Judaism centers on a covenant with God, as illustrated in the story of Moses receiving the Ten Commandments from God. The Ten Commandments are the laws of God, given to man. Another sign of the covenant with God is circumcision. It is a religion of ritual and prayer from daily life to yearly holidays.The InterviewTo gain further knowledge and insight into Judaism this researcher visited a synagogue and spoke with one of it's' attendees. Har Sinai is located in Baltimore County, Maryland, where the suburbs meet the country. Not only is it a place of worship, but a school and community center for those of the Jewish faith. Several Christian churches are within a mile of it's' location, and Villa Julie College is a five minute ride away. There is a large Jewish population in this area of the county, served by several synagogues. This researcher was granted an interview by one of Har Sinai's attendees, Justin Myers. He was kind enough to provide some background as well as answering questions. Mr. Myers is half-Jewish on his mothers' side as was brought up in the Jewish faith. It is important for Jewish women to raise their children in the Jewish faith. For that matter, so should Jewish men.Mr. Myers admitted that his participation is sketchy these days. He was more involved as a child with his mother and family. Now in his mid-twenties he finds himself distracted with non-Jewish friends and activities. For these reasons, and the fact that his father is a non-practicing Catholic, it is not so important for him to marry a Jewish woman and raise children in the same faith. He did say that it would be nice if he could. Mr. Myers is thinking and looking forward to finding a partner to marry and settle down with at this time in his life. The interviewer found this to be an interesting difference from those of the Christian...

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