Interpretation Book

 

               Article on Judaism.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Symbol of Judaism:

Star of David

 

Also known as "the Shield of David," this hexagram has been used as a symbol in Judaism since the 17th century. The symbol may have derived from the use of protective amulets that pre-date the 17th century. A blue-colored Star of David is presently displayed on the flag of Israel.

 

Origin:

Judaism began about 4000 years ago with the Hebrew people in the Middle East. Abraham, a Hebrew man, is considered the father of the Jewish faith because he promoted the central idea of the Jewish faith: that there is one God.

 

 At the time many people in the Middle East worshipped many gods. It is said that Abraham and his wife Sarah, who were old and childless, were told by God that their children would be as plentiful as the stars in the sky and that they would live in a land of their own -- the Promised Land. This gradually came true.

 

Judaism is a religious tradition with origins dating back nearly four thousand years, rooted in the ancient near eastern region of Canaan (which is now Israel and Palestinian territories). Originating as the beliefs and practices of the people known as "Israel," classical, or rabbinic, Judaism did not emerge until the 1st century C.E. Judaism traces its heritage to the covenant God made with Abraham and his lineage — that God would make them a sacred people and give them a holy land.

 

HISTORY:

Formed: Though the Jewish calendar goes back more than 5000 years, most scholars date the beginning of the religion of the Israelites to their forefather in faith, Abraham, whose life is generally dated to circa 2000-1800 B.C.E.

 

 Judaism traces its history back to the creation of mankind, but the explicitly Jewish historical origins begin with Abraham and the Hebrews. According to the Torah, Abraham's home was the northern Mesopotamian town of Harran. Under God's command, Abraham migrated to the region of Canaan, which is roughly equivalent to modern Israel and Lebanon. For a time the Hebrews lived in servitude in Egypt, then returned to Canaan. After a time of monarchy, the Jewish people were exiled for approximately two generations, before a relatively small number returned to the land of Israel.

 

Beliefs:

The Ten Commandments, as written in the Torah, are:

 

•Worship no other God but me.

 

•Do not make images to worship.

 

•Do not misuse the name of God.

 

•Observe the Sabbath Day (Saturday). Keep it Holy.

 

•Honor and respect your father and mother.

 

•Do not murder.

 

•Do not commit adultery.

 

•Do not steal.

 

•Do not accuse anyone falsely. Do not tell lies about other people.

 

• Do not envy other's possessions.

 

Misconceptions:

1. Judaism is mainly about following the 10 commandments.

 

2. X isn’t “work”. Therefore X isn’t/shouldn’t be prohibited on the Sabbath

 

3.Jews doesn’t  believe in hell.

 

4.Judaism doesn’t  proselytize.

 

5.Judaism isn’t as anti-gay as you might think