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Judaism Information Ethan Morton-Gaught 1st Hr. Basic Information • Around 1313 BC, the Israelites gathered at Mount Sinai, Israel and God gave Moses the first five books of the Written Torah. This is marked as the beginning of the Jewish religion. Beliefs • Jewish followers believe that one supreme, all-knowing God, also known as the Lord, created the universe and continues to govern it. • The Torah states that those who follow the Commandments correctly will be rewarded, but it does not go into detail about an after life. They also believe in the resurrection of the dead. Beliefs cont… • The Torah contains 613 Commandments – 365 things not to do – 248 things you must do • These commandments, or laws, include things such as forgive others, do not hate, do not commit murder, etc… • Following these laws help followers of the Jewish faith to solve basic problems including sin and suffering, and it helps them to live in harmony with others. Symbolism • The Magen David, or Star of David, though relatively new, is the most common symbol associated with Judaism. It represents King David’s shield. Other Information • Medieval Jewish mystics would roll in snow to control any evil urges they may have had. These were the first snow angels. • Many Jewish people fail to perform the basic rituals that are required by the Torah. • The United States Government has declared the Jewish people a race. References • "Judaism." Wikipedia. 27 Jan. 2008. 27 Jan. 2008 <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Judaism#Criti cal_historical_view>. • Rich, Tracey R. "What Do Jews Believe?" Judaism 101. 15 April 2007. 27 Jan. 2008 <http://www.jewfaq.org/beliefs.htm>.