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What are the two centers of Jewish worship?

Typically speaking, Judaism focuses the worshipping aspect of religion on two major centers: love of God (synagogue) and love of family (home). Love of God is easiest to understand; like many...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2012 6:38 am UTC

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How would someone describe Judaism?

The oldest of the three major monotheistic religions (along with Christianity and Islam), Judaism is based upon the the word of God as handed down to the Prophet Moses. The first five books of the...

Latest answer posted June 12, 2013 4:20 pm UTC

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In the Jewish religion, what sort of religious rituals are associated with the preparation of food?

Food laws in the Jewish religion are called Kashrut, and determine a set of standards for food content and preparation; acceptable food is "Kosher." A common misconception is that a Jewish Rabbi...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2012 8:10 pm UTC

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What is unique and enduring about the history of the Hebrew peoples?

How one considers the “uniqueness” and enduring legacy of the Hebrew civilizations of the past and of Judaism today is partly dependent upon one’s views of the Bible, both Old and New Testaments....

Latest answer posted October 4, 2013 2:57 am UTC

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What is the Jewish prayer for the dead?

The Jewish prayer that is generally associated with mourning is the "Kaddish" prayer. Ironically, this prayer's title simply means "holy," and it makes no mention of the dead. In fact, it is...

Latest answer posted February 19, 2013 5:57 pm UTC

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How does the Jewish festival of Sukkot relate to spirituality in the harvest?

In pre-technological times, it was common to attribute the harvest to a god or goddess, or some other spiritual means. While farmers knew that they had to work hard, they also believed that their...

Latest answer posted September 18, 2012 7:18 pm UTC

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How has Kosher dietary laws evolved and changed over the years since the age of Israelite migration from Egypt to the...

Kosher dietary laws come from two sources in Judaism. The first source is the Scriptural source: the set of laws, rules, and protocol found in the Torah. These scriptures outline specific rules...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2013 2:37 pm UTC

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Define some essential differences between the Sadducees and Pharisees. 

These were two very different groups. They can be seen as sects of Judaism, but their differences go beyond religious belief. There were important differences between them in terms of...

Latest answer posted June 18, 2012 1:10 pm UTC

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What is the meaning of rituals involving food in Judaism?

There are many components of Jewish ritual life that involve food. The major dietary and religious laws applicable to food consumption, preparation and ritual in Judaism are set out in the Biblical...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2012 6:58 pm UTC

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In what way is preparation and taking of food regulated in Judaism?

There are elaborate rules concerning preparation and consumption of food in Judaism. They form a significant body of the ritual component of everyday life for orthodox Jewish families and represent...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2012 6:50 pm UTC

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What kind of rituals are associated with the preparation and taking of food  within Judaism?

There are several different traditions concerning food in Judaism. The first has to do with ritual purity. Certain types of food (for example, pork and shellfish) are considered unclean and...

Latest answer posted November 30, 2012 8:31 pm UTC

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Please help me analyze the various explanations for the survival of the Jews in the face of continual persecution,...

[This is a very large topic and eNotes is a very limited format as to space and objective. The best we can do is to guide you toward a general overview; we, of course, cannot do your assignment for...

Latest answer posted July 25, 2013 2:41 pm UTC

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Do you believe there has been a change in the persistence of antisemitism in the world? For millennia, the Jewish...

I think that there is less anti-Semitism in the United States, but I do not think there is less in the world. In some areas, I think there is more. This is because the groups can spread the word...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2012 3:00 am UTC

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What is the meaning behind Jewish food preparation customs?

In the Jewish faith, food preparation is performed according to laws and customs, called "Kashrut," passed down since Biblical times. In Jewish tradition, these laws have no explicit meaning; they...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2012 8:49 pm UTC

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In the Jewish religion, how is food preparation regulated?

Jewish food preparation, called Kashrut, is regulated according to principles and rules laid out in the Mishna, which codified Jewish law. Since food is no longer grown and prepared at home in...

Latest answer posted November 26, 2012 8:26 pm UTC

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Who started Judaism?

We do not have any historical knowledge of who founded the Jewish faith. This is not something like Islam or the LDS (Mormon) Church that was founded in historical times by well-attested...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2012 2:38 pm UTC

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What do the Jewish burial rites reflect about the belief in God?

I think that there are some strong examples of how Jewish burial rites see death as part of a cycle where the divine is involved. Consider the invocation recited once someone receives news of...

Latest answer posted May 4, 2012 10:01 am UTC

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What roles does food play at Jewish festivals, ceremonies and homes?

Food plays a significant role in Jewish festivals, ceremonies, and in Jewish homes. For example one Holy time that many Jewish people and even non-Jewish people keep (Christian churches that hold...

Latest answer posted December 6, 2012 7:06 pm UTC

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In Judaism, what significance is assigned to food?

Food is a major part of Jewish culture, and is related to spirituality through custom and tradition. Most Jewish holidays are centered around shared meals, with special blessings to indicate that...

Latest answer posted December 5, 2012 7:59 pm UTC

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What are the major lessons or themes of the Jewish holidays or festivals of Passover and Sukkot, and how are Jewish...

The two Jewish days or periods of commemoration, Passover and Sukkot, are at different ends of the calender, but are closely related. Both involve the Biblical story of Exodus, and both involve...

Latest answer posted July 29, 2013 3:11 am UTC

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How does Rosh Hashanah relate to the harvest time of the year?

Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. It occurs 163 days after the first day of passover, in early fall. The holiday occurs between September 5th and October 5th. Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning...

Latest answer posted September 16, 2012 11:33 pm UTC

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Judaism-what is the use, role & meaning of preparing & taking of food? Discuss. Refer to appropriate examples...

In Judaism, dietary laws are a function of the Torah, from the section of the Old Testament known as Leviticus, as well as from a few other sections, such as Exodus. These laws are considered to be...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2012 11:52 pm UTC

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