Judaism is a religious belief or faith that originated from the early people of Israel some four thousand years ago. The foundation of their religion is based on the covenant God made with Abraham and his people. God said they are “the chosen people” and that they would inherit a holy land.
The Jews or the people observing Judaism refer to the bible as Tanakh, and their belief and faith are built upon the religious, philosophical and ethical laws stated in the Torah also known as the first five books in the Hebrew Bible.
Judaism as a race
Jews share the same land which is Israel, a universal religion which is Judaism, and shared beliefs and traditions rooted from the time of Abraham.
It could not be considered a race because one cannot just decide to belong to a specific race, unlike being a Jew. Anyone can be converted, and practice Judaism is he wishes to.
Judaism as a religion
Though Judaism is not just a race, it could not only be a religion either. It is much more than a belief and worship. It is the foundation of one’s identity, faith, and purpose in life.
Judaism is broader in the sense that Jews are all over the world. Their religious beliefs, ethics, traditions, laws, etc. are being observed up to this very day. They have sustained and maintained all of these through the history.
Judaism in the modern world
The Jewish faith has thrived and faced many hindrances and unimaginable challenges, but Judaism is active up to this modern age. Their religious beliefs, ethics, laws, and traditions which were stated in Tanakh are obsolete. It may be over some thousand years ago, but all of these are still observed and known all over the world.
Judaism or any other sacred beliefs are perceived as thick, and as human nature, we often ignore or just don’t pay too much attention to what we don’t fully understand. Judaism is everywhere. The belief and faith to be good and live life according to the laws given to us through Abraham are still firm in the heart of every Jew.
Famous Jewish people
- Alicia Silverstone
- Robert Downey Jr.
- Zac Efron
- Sean Penn
- Alyson Hannigan
- Kate Hudson
- Marilyn Monroe
- Adam Sandler
- Gwyneth Paltrow
- Barbra Streisand
- Sarah Jessica Parker
- Mila Kunis
- Natalie Portman
- Scarlett Johansson
- Shia LaBeouf
And this list goes on.
Judaism, just like every religion, has a point of view regarding all aspects of life, from Love, marriage, family, sex, business, behavior and everything else. They observe a total of 613 Mitzvot or 613 commandments.
Judaism has been here before all of us who are living today. It has been the life of millions of people from our history.It is the life of millions of people nowadays. And, it will be the life of millions of people in the future. For Judaism is not just a race nor a religion but a life grounded by one faith: A faith that directs our traditions, ethics, and laws to one and the obsolete rule of this world since the start of time: the belief in goodness.