Judaism Alyssa, Tess, Olivia

Origin: Judaism originated around 2000 BC in the Eastern Mediterranean. It was founded by Moses. It was the first monotheistic religion and the other two major religions, Christianity and Islam, branched from it.

Moses Statue

Major beliefs: The Jews believed that the messiah has not came to save them yet and are still waiting all though they believed Jesus was a prophet. The Synagogue was there place of worship with the rabbi, there religious leader, is in charge of it. They read from the Torah which is the first 5 books of the old testament.

Star of David (Religious symbol)

Sects: There are 3 branches of Judaism. The Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform branches. Orthodox believe that the law is unchanging. Conservatives believe and argue that gods law change and evolve over time. Reform believes that the laws are just guidelines that people can choose to follow or not.

Synagogue

Holidays/Celebrations: One of the holidays is the Jewish New Year Rosh Hanahah. The Jewish New Year is different from the actual New Year because it is on the lunar calendar. Another celebration is Passover. Passover is an eight day celebration of commemorating the emancipation of the Israelite from slavery in ancient Egypt. One of the biggest holidays for Jews is Hanukkah. Hanukkah lasts eight days. You are suppose to get a present every day. People who celebrate Hanukkah light an Menorah to symbolize light, wisdom, and divine inspiration.

Menorah

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Created with images by slgckgc - "Chanukah, The Eighth Night" • edenpictures - "Moses" • Mark Morgan Trinidad B - "Star of David" • Emmanuel Dyan - "Synagogue of Constanta - Romania" • s2dent - "menorah candles light"

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