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Rites and Festivals. Holidays: Times for Communal Involvement. Rites. Circumcision of the male child at 8 days. The whole community celebrates. Male Circumcision. Bar Mitzvah (Bas Mitzvah girl) boy reaches 13 years of age demonstrates acceptance of Covenant. Bar Mitzvah.

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rites and festivals

Rites and Festivals

Holidays: Times for Communal Involvement

For Jews the dead need to be respected and the living need to move on. There are 4 to 5 periods of mourning.




The First Year

Keeping Memory Alive

period 2

Period 2

Part 2

changes period 2 part 2

Changes(Period 2 - Part 2)

Everything must change

jewish belief
Jewish Belief
  • There is no official Jewish creed--however, there are some basic ideas.
    • Belief in God. God is one, formless, all-knowing, and eternal. God is master of the universe as its creator and judge. God is both loving and just.
    • Belief in the words of the prophets.
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Jewish Belief
  • Belief that God gave the law to Moses.
  • Belief that the Messiah, the savior to be sent by God, will come some day.
  • Belief that there will be a resurrection of the good “in the world to come.”
  • Moses Maimonides
    • Born Cordoba, Spain in 1135
    • Died Egypt 1204
    • One of the greatest Jewish scholars
    • Extensive work on the commentary on the Torah


13 principles of the jewish faith
13 Principles of the Jewish Faith
  • I believe with perfect faith that
    • God is the creator and Ruler of all things.
    • that God is one.
    • God does not have a body.
    • God is first and last
    • it is proper to pray to God.
    • all the words of all of the prophets are true.
    • the prophecy of Moses is absolutely true.
    • the entire Torah that we how have is that which was given to Moses.
  • I believe with perfect faith that
    • this Torah will not be changed, and there will never be another given by God.
    • God knows all of a man's deeds and thoughts.
    • God rewards those who keep his commandments, and punishes those who transgress Him.
    • in the coming of the Messiah.
    • God that the dead will be brought back to life when God wills it to happen.
changes in notions period 2 part 2
Changes in notions(Period 2 - Part 2)
  • Although the Messiah is the one who will come was literally expected it is no longer interpreted literally.
  • Along immortality of a literal nature has often been expounded many now emphasize the kind of immortality which comes through one’s offspring, acting virtuously in this world or leaving behind charitable contribution.
  • Humans have a special role because they are created in the image of God and they have the ability to speak, to reason, to will, to create and to care.
  • They have the ability to demonstrate divine characteristics to the world.
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Divisions within Judaism
  • Cultural Based
  • Observance Based
cultural based
Cultural Based
  • Sephardim
  • Ashkenazim
  • Falashas, Ethiopian Jews
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These are Jews who lived in medieval Spain until they were expelled in 1492. Those who refused to become Christians moved to North Africa, Italy and Turkey.

Cultural Based
cultural based30

A Yiddish-speaking group of Jews who settled in central and northern Europe. The term in Hebrew referred to Germany.

Cultural Based
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These are Ethiopian Jews who continue to practice sacrifices in their temples. Israelis recognized them publicly as Jews by airlifting many of them to Israel. However, some do not think that they have been completely accepted by the some of the Jewish community.

Cultural Based
observance based
Observance Based
  • Orthodox Judaism
  • Conservative Judaism
  • Reform Judaism
  • Reconstructionist Judaism
Orthodox Judaism

it came into existence after the Reform began.

A branch of Judaism committed to retaining traditional practice and belief.

They are hesitant about discarding any traditional practices.

Among the things that they believe are:

In synagogues women are separate from men

There must be a quorum of men for service to begin

Only men celebrate the coming of age (bar mitzvah)

Males keep their heads covered

Social roles are strictly separate (trad. Men/Women)

Orthodox household keep strict rules about diet.

Frankel Solomon Schchter was an early leader of this branch.

The Reform movement was too radical.

The Torah and the Talmud must be followed.

Practices can vary from synagogue to synagogue.

Most of the worship service is in Hebrew.

Males wear head coverings (yarmulkes or kippot)

Members are encouraged to observe kashruth, kosher food laws, Shabbat and holidays.

Change is accepted but with much study and discussion and carefully weighing all traditions.

reform judaism
David Einhorn and Isaac Mayer Wise inspired this movement in the US.

The Torah has moral authority but ceremonial and dietary laws are no longer binding.

A need for a Jewish homeland was recognized.

Reform Judaism
An emphasis is placed on religious practice, observing the Sabbath, and keeping the holidays.

Most of the services are in English and males are not required to wear coverings.

Men and women can sit together

Women can be ordained as Rabbis.

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Reform Judaism advocated religious tolerance, Judaism could be combined with secular culture and embraced many of the ideas of the European Enlightenment.Reform Judaism
more reform
Reform synagogue has women and men sitting together, services are conducted in both Hebrew and the native tongue, there are choirs and use of organ.

Traditional ways of dressing are dropped.

The idea is to totally modernize Judaism to be able to survivecontemporary cultures.

More Reform
reconstructionist judaism
Founded by Mordecai Kaplan.

Individuals in this form are introduced to traditional Judaism but are allowed to individually interpret elements.

Reconstructionist Judaism
Such things as angels, prophecy, revealed law, and the messiah are taken as symbols.

God is seen as “the power which makes me follow even higher ideals.”

Judaism is seen as a changing cultural force.

the holocaust

The Holocaust

The Genocide of a People

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The Holocaust
  • Adolf Hitler as Chancellor of Germany in 1933 began a campaign to remove the Jews from Germany and eventually Europe. He believed that
    • Jews were an inferior race.
    • Jews were conspirators against Germany.
    • Jewish blood poisoned Germany.
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The Holocaust
  • He identified them and sent most of them to extermination camps where they were subjected to human experimentation among other things.
  • They were divided into two groups--those who were strong enough to work and those who were not.
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The Holocaust
  • First Hitler forcibly removed the Jews, stole their property and harassed them.
  • Then he systematically destroyed the Jews.
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The Holocaust
  • The rest were mostly--women, children, the sick and the elderly--were killed immediately.
  • First they used guns but there were too many--they constructed gas chambers and crematoria.
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The Holocaust
  • By the end of the war about 12 million people were killed and they were Jews, homosexuals, gypsies, Jehovah’s Witnesses, prisoners of war and political enemies.
  • About half of those killed were Jews, approximately 1/3rd of the Jewish population of the world.


Creation of the State of Isreal

  • Theodore Hertzel was the founder of the movement which advocated a Jewish home country.
creation of the state of israel
Creation of the State of Israel
  • Three important steps:
    • Idea of a separate Jewish state, described in a book entitled The Jewish State.
    • The Balfour Declaration of 1917 by the British government.
    • After WWII in part because of the Nazi slaughter of the Jews the United Nations voted to divide the British portion of Palestine for the Jewish State.
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