What is Judaism?

What is Judaism?
Introduction video
This short video clip would be an ideal
introduction to sources of authority such as the
Torah, beliefs and artefacts for a class looking at
Key Words
Synagogue - The Jewish house of worship.
The Torah - The most Holy text in Judaism.
A Rabbi - A spiritual leader
Bar Mitzvah - Jewish coming of age rituals
Kosher – Jewish food law
Liberal Judaism
Lily Montagu
Association of 30 independent synagogues
The Messiah and the afterlife
Worship and ritual
Gender issues
Reformed Judaism
• One of the most ‘relaxed’ forms of Judaism
• The MEZUZAH marks your home as a Jewish
home. It is a sign of Jewish commitment. As
you leave the house, stop to kiss the mezuzah.
The reformed Jewish essential prayers.
Upon Waking:
• Modeh ani l’fanecha, melech chai v’kayam, shehechezarta bi nishmati
b’chemlah; rabah emunatecha.
• (I give thanks to You, O God, eternal and living Ruler, Who in mercy has
returned my soul to me; great is Your faithfulness.)
While Washing:
• Baruch Atah, Adonai, asher yatzar et ha-adam b’chochmah.
• We praise You, Eternal God. Thank You for my body. It is a miracle!
Before Eating:
• Baruch Atah, Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha-olam, hamotzi lechem min haaretz.
• We praise You, Eternal God. Thank You for the food You provide for us to
Orthodox Judaism
Strict form of Judaism
Believe theres only one God, Hashem
Moses was the greatest Phrophet
Attempt to follow all 61 commandments
Torah is absolute law
Orthodox Judaism
Go to the Synagogue 3x a
Most wear a Kipah
Family Orientated, loving
large families
Largest population of
Orthodox Jews are in Israel
Shabbat is their day of rest
Have to abide by Kosher
food law
Ultra-Orthodox (‘Haredi’) Judaism
• Most strict branch of Judaism
• Haredi = awe-inspired fear to perform the will of God
• 1.3-1.5 million worldwide; mainly in Israel, West Europe and North America
• Segregation from modern society to maintain their adherence to Jewish law
• Lifestyle
- opposed to TV, phones and
- gender separation in education
and prayer
- very family orientated
• Very traditional dress
Useful websites and video clips
• http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/judaism/
• http://www.reonline.org.uk/knowing/what-re/judaism/
• http://www.bbc.co.uk/religion/religions/judaism/subdivisions/libe
• http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/shopping-forpesach/6598.html
• http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/judaism-athome/486.html
• http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/the-rules-ofjudaism/4675.html
• http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/shabbat-part-1of2/4744.html
• http://www.bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/shabbat-part-2-of2/4745.html
• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YHu87vWimTg

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