Introduction to Judaism
Judaism is a monotheistic religion that traces its origin back to God's call the Abraham. Judaism was the first major religion to believe in one god and believe that God will someday send a messiah who will redeem them from exile and usher in an era of world peace.
Jewish History and Laws
The Torah, or the first five books of the bible, tell the story of the origins of the Jews and explain Jewish laws. These five books are: Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy. Rabbis or spiritual authorities, often educated at yeshivas, interpret the Bible and present the meaning of Jewish law to its followers.
Traditions and Holidays
Jews tend to have a lot of traditions and a few holidays. Two of those more famous holidays are Hanukah and Yom Kippur. Hanukkah, one of the most famous of Jewish traditions, commemorating the rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem. Yom Kippur, another Jewish day of atonement, when devout Jews ask God to forgive them for their transgressions and refrain from eating or drinking, attending intense prayer services in synagogues.
Places of Worship
Synagogues are the main place of worship for Jews, and assemble and meet for religious worship and instruction. Also The Western Wall located in the Old City of Jerusalem, is what remains the structure surrounding the second Jerusalem Temple, built after the Jews' return from the Babylonian captivity.
According to a 2015 Research Center report, 1.8% of adults in the U.S. are Jewish.