Judaism is a monotheist religion, meaning that followers believe in only one God. Religious tenants are based on the commandments and laws given to the ancient Israelites by God. However, there are many expressions of Judaism, including Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform Judaism.
Jews are an ethno-religious group, meaning that the term Jewish can encompass both followers of Judaism and individuals with Jewish ancestors. Converts to the religion are also included, as importance is placed on observance of Jewish law, as outlined in such religious texts as the Tanakh, the Midrash, and the Talmud.
Most of Judaism’s laws are based on the Torah, or the five books of Moses. Both the Torah, and its study are considered sacred. Within the Torah are 613 laws, which comprise the bulk of Jewish traditions and moral principles. Of prime importance are compassion, humility, honesty. There is also a focus on daily prayer, observance of Shabbat, and specific dietary restrictions.
Because Jewish scripture is lacking in specifics, there is a great deal of speculation as to what happens to the soul at the time of death. Ideas range from concepts similar to Christian Heaven and Hell, to reincarnation. Regardless of a person’s belief, importance is placed on living a virtuous life in the here and now. By doing this, one will share in Olam Na-Ba, or the World to Come.
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