Judaism is the religion of the Jewish people. It is an ancient, monotheistic, Abrahamic religion with the Torah as its foundational text. It encompasses the religion, philosophy, and culture of the Jewish people.

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Jewish Meditation

Jewish Meditation Jewish meditation can refer to several traditional practices, ranging from visualization and intuitive methods, forms of emotional insight in communitive prayer, esoteric combinations of Divine names, to intellectual analysis of philosophical, ethical or mystical concepts. It often accompanies unstructured, personal Jewish prayer that can allow isolated contemplation, and underlies...

Passover

What Is Passover? Passover, also called Pesach (פֶּסַח Pesaḥ/ Peḏaḥ), is a major, biblically derived Jewish holiday. Jews celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery in ancient Egypt and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses. It commemorates the story of the Exodus as described in the Hebrew Bible, especially in the Book of Exodus, in...

Good Friday Prayer for The Jews

Good Friday Prayer for The Jews The Good Friday prayer for the Jews is an annual prayer in the Christian, particularly Roman Catholic, liturgy. It is one of several petitions known as the “Solemn Collects” or “Solemn Intercessions” that are made in the Good Friday service for various classes and stations of peoples: for the Church;...

Hanukkah Blessings

Hanukkah Blessings Hanukkah is known as the Festival of Lights because its central ritual is the lighting of the menorah (ceremonial candleholder) for eight consecutive nights. We commemorate Hanukkah to celebrate the inspirational story of the unlikely Maccabean victory over their Syrian-Greek oppressors who attempted to obliterate the Jewish faith...

List of Jewish Prayers and Blessings

List of Jewish Prayers and Blessings Listed below are some Hebrew prayers and blessings that are part of Judaism that are recited by many Jews. Most prayers and blessings can be found in the Siddur, or prayer book. This article addresses Jewish liturgical blessings, which generally begin with the formula:...

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Jewish Prayer

Jewish Prayer Jewish prayer (תְּפִלָּה‬, tefillah [tefiˈla]; תְּפִלּוֹת‬, tefillot [tefiˈlot]; תּפֿלה tfile [ˈtfɪlə], תּפֿלות tfilles [ˈtfɪləs]; Yinglish: davening from Yiddish דאַוון daven ‘pray’) are the prayer recitations and Jewish meditation traditions that form part of the observance of Rabbinic Judaism. These prayers, often with instructions and commentary, are found in the siddur, the traditional Jewish prayer book. However, the term tefillah as referenced in the Talmud refers specifically to the Shemoneh Esreh. Prayer—as...

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Confession In Judaism

Confession in Judaism See also: Repentance in Judaism In Judaism, confession (וִדּוּי‎, translit.widduy, viddui) is a step in the process of atonement during which a Jew admits to committing a sin before God. In sins between a Jew and God, the confession must be done without others present (The Talmud calls confession in front of another a show of disrespect). On the other...

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Repentance in Judaism

Repentance in Judaism Repentance in Judaism known as teshuva (תשובה‎, literally “return”), is the way of atoning for sin in Judaism. According to Gates of Repentance, a standard work of Jewish ethics written by Rabbenu Yonah of Gerona, if someone commits a sin, a forbidden act, he can be forgiven...

Atonement in Judaism

Atonement in Judaism Atonement in Judaism is the process of causing a transgression to be forgiven or pardoned. In the Hebrew Bible In the Hebrew Bible the idea of atonement (Hebrew כפּרת kaphoreth) is connected with “covering.” In Rabbinic Judaism In Rabbinic Judaism, atonement is achieved through some combination of ...

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Jewish Mythology

Jewish Mythology Jewish mythology is a major literary element of the body of folklore found in the sacred texts and in traditional narratives that help explain and symbolize Jewish culture[1] and Judaism. Elements of Jewish mythology have had a profound influence on Christian mythology and on Islamic mythology, as well as on world culture in general. Christian mythology directly inherited many of the narratives from the Jewish...

Holy Spirit in Judaism

Holy Spirit in Judaism The phrase ruach hakodesh (also transliterated ruaḥ ha-qodesh) is used in the Tanakh and other writings to refer either to the spirit of inspiration as above, or to the general, indwelling revelation of the Divine Presence among the Jews, also known as the Shekhinah. Although the term appears frequently in post-biblical writings, in...

Angels in Judaism

Angels in Judaism In Judaism, angels (Hebrew: מַלְאָךְ‎ mal’akh, plural: מלאכים mal’akhim) are supernatural beings that appear throughout the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible), rabbinic literature, apocrypha and pseudepigrapha, and traditional Jewish liturgy. They are categorized in different hierarchies and act as messengers of God, angelic envoys, or general agents of God. Etymology Hebrew mal’akh (מַלְאָךְ) is the standard word for “messenger”, both human and divine, in the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible), though it is...

Book of Life

What Is Book of Life? In Christianity and Judaism, the Book of Life (Hebrew: Sefer HaChaim; Greek: Biblíon tēs Zōēs) is the book in which God records the names of every person who is destined for Heaven or the World to Come. According to the Talmud it is open on Rosh Hashanah, as is its analog for the wicked, the Book of the Dead. For this reason extra...

Judaism

Judaism, Religion of Jews Judaism is considered by religious Jews to be the expression of the covenant that God established with the Children of Israel.[5] Judaism encompasses a wide corpus of texts, practices, theological positions, and forms of organization. The Torah is part of the larger text known as the Tanakh or the Hebrew Bible, and supplemental oral tradition represented...

Jewish Views On Sin

Jewish Views On Sin Judaism regards the violation of any of the 613 commandments as a sin. Judaism teaches that to sin is a part of life, since there is no perfect man and everyone has an inclination to do evil “from his youth”.[1] Sin has many classifications and degrees. Some sins are punishable with death...

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