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Jewish Perspectives JUDAISM AN INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW Dialogue Education THIS CD HAS BEEN PRODUCED FOR TEACHERS TO USE IN THE CLASSROOM. IT IS A CONDITION OF THE USE OF THE CD THAT IT BE USED ONLY BY PEOPLE FROM SCHOOLS THAT HAS PURCHASED THE CD ROM FROM DIALOGUE EDUCATION. (THIS DOES NOT PROHIBIT ITS USE ON A SCHOOL’S INTRANET).
DOCUMENTARY- KINGDOM OF DAVID: THE SAGA OF THE ISRAELITES(60 MINUTES) Click on the image to the left. You will need to be connected to the internet to view this presentation. Enlarge to full screen. Click here if you have a problem
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JUDAISM Judaism can be defined as the "religion, philosophy, and way of life" of the Jewish people.
JUDAISM It is considered by Jews to be the expression of the covenantal relationship God developed with the Children of Israel.
JUDAISM Judaism claims a historical continuity spanning more than 3000 years.
JUDAISM The Hebrews / Israelites were already referred to as Jews in later books of the Tanakh such as the Book of Esther, with the term Jews replacing the title "Children of Israel. “
JUDAISM In 2007, the world Jewish population was estimated at 13 million, of whom about 40% reside in Israel and 40% in the United States.
JUDAISM The largest Jewish religious movements are Orthodox Judaism, Conservative Judaism and Reform Judaism.
JUDAISM Orthodox Judaism maintains that the Torah and Jewish law are divine in origin, eternal and unalterable, and that they should be strictly followed.
JUDAISM Conservative and Reform Judaism are more liberal, with Conservative Judaism generally promoting a more "traditional" interpretation of Judaism's requirements than Reform Judaism.
JUDAISM Historically, special courts enforced Jewish law; today, these courts still exist but the practice of Judaism is mostly voluntary.
JUDAISM Judaism begins with ethical monotheism: the belief that God is one, and concerned with the actions of humankind.
JUDAISM According to the Hebrew Bible, God promised Abraham to make of his offspring a great nation.
JUDAISM Judaism has been described as "normal mysticism, " because it involves every-day personal experiences of God through ways or modes that are common to all Jews.
JUDAISM The ordinary, familiar, everyday things and occurrences, we have constitute occasions for the experience of God.
JUDAISM Kedushah, holiness, is the imitation of God, and is concerned with daily conduct, with being gracious and merciful, with keeping oneself from defilement by idolatry, adultery, and the shedding of blood.
JUDAISM Ethical monotheism is central in all sacred texts of Judaism
JUDAISM For some, observance of Jewish law is more important than belief in God per se.
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