Judaism is a religious tradition with origins dating back nearly four thousand years, rooted in the ancient parts of the world near the eastern region of Canaan which is now Israel and Palestinian territories. Jews believe it started as part of a covenant between God and Abraham. Another belief of Jews is that Judaism started in the five books of Torah. Today, 13 million people identify themselves as Jews, and nearly 3.5 billion others follow belief systems directly influenced by Judaism. The spread of Judaism happened through tourists traveling and trading with others.
Jews are monotheistic and believe in a God will someday send a messiah who will redeem them from exile and usher in an era of world peace. They believe in the sacred books of Torah, and the Western Wall.
The major sects are separated into branches: Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructionist
Jews major holidays are Hanukkah, Commemorating, The Rededication of the Temple of Jerusalem, Yom Kippur which is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, and Maccabee's Victory of the Syrian Greeks.