Judaism The religion of the Jewish people.
Jewish people are considered the Children of Israel. They
are an ethno-religious group that are said to have descended
from ancient Israelites. The Jewish Israelites trace their
lineage back to Abraham. Israel was reestablished as a democratic
State in May of 1948.
Today the term Jewish refers not only to descendants but
an individual who has formally converted their religion to
Judaism. It is difficult to distinguish between the Jewish
nationality and religion, Jewish often pertains to a way of
life. The term Judaism, is used to encompass an ethnicity
and religion and it also in many ways refers to a culture.
There is an estimated 13-14 million Jews worldwide with the
vast majority living in the United States and Israel with
over 5 million in both the United States and Israel. While
approximately 79% of Israel's population is Jewish, only a
small percentage of the US's total population is Jewish.
Hewbrew along with Arabic are the two official languages
of Israel. Jewish people refer to Hebrew as "the holy tongue".
The idea of God as a duality or trinity is heretical for Jews;
it is considered akin to polytheism.
Jewish people worship in Temples and follow the Torah or
what is known as the Christian's Old Testament.
Halakhah are the oral laws werehich were eventually written
in the Talmud. The Talmud was written in Babylonia and is
critical to interpreting Jewish laws.