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What are some jewish facts?

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July 25, 2017 6:02AM

It was Judaism that gave the world the Ten Commandments, monotheism and a weekly day of rest.

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July 25, 2017 6:02AM

Expert answer by Dan Galilee


A Jewish-American Rabbi living in Israel, studying, teaching and writing on Judaism.

A few examples:

  • Judaism was established 3800 years ago, by Abraham.
Link: A biography of Abraham
  • Jewish holidays and observances have been kept continuously since they were given in the Torah.
Link: The Jewish holidays
  • The Jewish day begins at sunset (Genesis ch.1).

  • The Jewish year begins in the autumn.
Link: Rosh Hashanah
  • Advanced Jewish scholars know the entire Talmud by heart.
Link: More about the Talmud
  • God's Hebrew name is never spoken out loud and is never to be erased or destroyed in print.
Link: God's names
  • Judaism is based upon a covenant with God.
Link: The Jewish covenant
  • Jews say blessings to God before and after eating and on many other occasions.
Link: The teachings and practices of Judaism
  • Jews were for centuries ostracized and persecuted in many countries.

  • Israel today has the world's largest Jewish community.
Link: Facts about Israel
  • And on a lighter note:

Jews often answer a question with a question. The saying goes, "two Jews, three opinions."
Jews are famously optimistic, despite all the persecutions.

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May 02, 2013 5:13PM

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