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Lastly the author will attempt to address any variations of observation that may occur in the different branches of Judaism. There are four recognised branches under Judaism, not all may celebrate or observe in the same way. The author will therefore distinguish where there is a difference if any, and note what the difference in practice is. Origins of Yom Kippur Yom Kippur is the High Holy Day also known as the Day of Atonement. It is the most important of all the High and Holy Days and is a time of year when the people seek God for reconciliation with Him as well as reconciling between themselves, although the actual reconciling between people is supposed to be done before the actual Day of Atonement as the day itself is only for reconciliation between man and God.
In both Ireland and Scotland it was a belief that this physical world and the supernatural world were closest during this time, so magical things can happen. To ward off spirits the Gaels would light massive bonfires. In the Western Isles they would hold a festival of the fairies, souls of the dead flying through the air. Even with all the pagan roots Christianity still had a considerable impact on Halloween. This was the time of the year when Christians honored saints and prayed for the recently dead that were still traveling to heaven.
Like God, Jews too have a day when they stop work. The Sabbath is a very significant day, and the Jewish people see it as a relaxing family time as well as a holy day, as the Jewish faith is heavily centered on the family. By observing Shabbat, Jews can devote themselves to prayer and Torah study. By studying the Torah, Jews learn how to keep Mitzvot (the commandments). They learn the Jewish values and find out how to apply them to everyday life.
Jewish Kaparot Many unusual religious beliefs and practices exist throughout the world. While some may seem strange, for those who practice them they are very important. This paper will explain Jewish Kaparot and the meaning behind it. The first mention of Kaparot was in the ninth century. The Kaparot Ceremony is usually done during the Ten Days of Repentence before Yom Kippur.
Keisha Carter Dr. Kelly Hayes Religious Studies 133 November 11, 2013 Fieldwork Project: An Outlook on Judaism “Our society is the product of several great religious and philosophical traditions. The ideas of the Greeks and Romans, Christianity, Judaism, humanism and the Enlightenment have made us who we are.” ---Jan Peter Balkenende My fieldwork project briefly describes the history of Judaism and my experience and observations of the service in which I attended whom worshippers all practiced Reform Judaism. According to the Encyclopedia Britannica, Judaism is the religion of the Jews. It is the complex sensation of a total way of life for the Jewish people, embracing theology, law, and numerous cultural traditions. There is a
Many changes took place with this reform that somewhat mimicked Christian churches. Choirs were added, and services were even shortened. The quest of the reform was to ensure that Judaism was looked on as an evolving religion that was not forever fixed around the Torah with no changes. These reformed congregations are in abundance throughout the United States. The largest movement within the United States is the Conservative Judaism.
The Rabbis would be taking all of their life experiences and including them in their interpretation of the Torah. One of the creations during this time is the Mishnah. The Mishnah is different from the Torah in that it does not go in the biblical order, instead it has legal topics. It is the collection of oral Jewish traditions mostly on legal issues. They may have been looking for new insights of meaning from the biblical texts and spiritual support for the stories that had been passed down orally.
Christmas traditions in Europe Christmas The origin and the name given to this celebration are different depending on the country. For exemple, for the French word Noël definitely comes from the Latin word natalis(birth). The masses of Christ, held by English evangelists in December, gave birth to the English word "Christmas". "The Holy Night" is translated in German as Weihnacht.Taking place in the last few days of December, this holiday is not celebrated in the same way in every country. There are many symbols attached to this holiday in Europe, and each country has kept its own identity and traditions, while enriching them with influences form various other sources.
Kedrick Rowell REL2000 11/1/11 Reflection Judaism One of the specific points of this religion that impacted me is that the word Jew comes from Judah or Judea which no longer holds any truth, Jew is one belonging to the religious community of the Jewish faith. Judaism is a religion and a culture, It is and heritage and its inheritance. The Hebrew history has been written back and forth from the exodus. The exodus was the mighty act of Yahweh, If I were to compare/contradict my belief to Judaism I would say that Judaism is very similar to my on belief but are very differ in both their own ways, for example. in Christianity we believe that Jesus Christ is the lord and he is our savor which in Judaism they believe that there savor has not arrived yet and that he’s still coming to take them to the promise land, but some of similar thing that they have in common is that god is the creator and god, god does not have a physical form he is eternal and god and god only are to be worship.