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An Introduction to Judaism
 Judaism can be summarized as: “ A _______ year old tradition with ideas about
___________________________ and _______________________________. “
 A “_____________ relationship” between God and the Hebrew people
 A ________________ and ______________ of life.
The Patriarchs: ____________ and __________________ (Israel) (more than 3800 years
-Enslaved in ancient Egypt and freed by __________ (more than 3300 years ago)
-Hebrew monarchy in the “Promised Land” (The Land of Israel), ends 6th century BCE
 As a faith, Jews Believe…
-In _____________, creator of the universe, personal but non-corporeal
-In ____________ of old – especially Moses, through whom Torah was revealed to the
Hebrew people
-In _________ (first five books of the Bible), containing religious, moral and social law
which guides the life of a Jew
the Hebrew Bible does not include ________________________.
 As a people, Jews are…
-A nation in Diaspora (dispersed)
-_____________ in worldwide population
-United by a __________________ (an “ethnic” religion), divided in contemporary
Orthodox: Modern or Chasidic (Ultra Orthodox)
Reformed (18th century Germany)
Conservative: moderates, response to reform
Reconstructionalism (20th century America)
 As a way of life, Judaism is based on…
-__________________ found in Torah (“Written Law”)
-Talmud (“Oral Law”) – commentary of ancient rabbis that elaborates on how to apply
God’s Law in ____________ through:
_________________________ (Kashrut/Kosher)
 How does Judaism sanctify life?
Life cycle celebrations:
-_____/_____________ – full adult status and responsibility within the religion
-________________- "Be fruitful and multiply" (Gen. 1:22)
-____________ – funerals, mourning (sitting “Shiva”), and memorials (“Yartzeits”)
 How does Judaism sanctify time?
The Jewish Holidays:
Rosh Hashanah (________________________)
Yom Kippur (_________________________)
Simchat Torah – celebrating Torah
Chanukah, the “Festival of Lights”
 How is Judaism related to Christianity?
-Judaism____________ Christianity – it is the foundation of Christianity but is not a part
of it
-___________ was Jewish, as were his followers and the Apostles
-Jews do not believe that Jesus was anything more _______________________ who
lived and died 2000 years ago – Jews still await their __________.
-The Jewish messiah would not be___________. He would be a political figure who
restores the Hebrew monarchy and causes peace to reign on Earth
-Jews are not concerned about ______________ and the “world to come”
 What are Jews really concerned about?
-Tikkun Olam - “_________________________” through justice and righteousness; through
“deed, not creed”
-The heart of Judaism is in the home and family, social responsibility and doing Mitzvot
(“good deeds” based on God’s commandments)