What are the rituals of Judaism?
Daily and Life-Cycle rituals
- Circumcision (covenant of Abraham)
- Adulthood: Bat-mitzvah, bar mitzvah.
- Menstrual purification (Mikvah--purification bath)
- Death and Mourning:
- Dietary laws (Kosher foods):
- Daily prayer: Morning, afternoon and evening.
Three Times a Day. Jews are supposed to pray three times a day; morning, afternoon, and evening. The Jewish prayer book (it's called a siddur) has special services set down for this. Praying regularly enables a person to get better at building their relationship with God.
- Jewish Shabbat (Shabbath, Shabbes, Shobos, etc.) is a weekly day of rest, observed from sundown on Friday until the appearance of three stars in the sky on Saturday night. It is also observed by a minority of Christians, such as adherents of Messianic Judaism and Seventh-day Adventists.
- Jewish legal literature. The basis of Jewish law and tradition (halakha) is the Torah (also known as the Pentateuch or the Five Books of Moses).
- Holy Books in Judaism. The Hebrew Scriptures, referred to by Christians as the Old Testament, are called the TANAKH, which is the Hebrew acronym for the three different parts: The Torah which is the first five books of the Old Testament or the Pentateuch; The Nevi'im which are the books of the prophets; and.
Judaism is practiced in most areas of the world, most notably Israel and the United States which hold the largest Jewish populations. (13 to 14 million). While France has the largest European Jewish population, the United Kingdom also has a small but prominent Jewish population.
- With just over 6.5 million Jews, Israel is the only Jewish majority and explicitly Jewish state. Jewish population figures for the United States are contested, ranging between 5.7 and 6.8 million. (The core global total of Jews jumps above 15 million if the highest American estimates are assumed).
- Modern Synagogue leadership. In individual religious congregations or synagogues, the spiritual leader is generally the rabbi. Rabbis are expected to be taught in both the Talmud and the Shulkhan Arukh (Code of Jewish Law) as well as many other classical texts of Jewish scholarship.
- This principle of order is also paramount in the world's oldest religion still being practiced today: Hinduism (known to adherents as Sanatan Dharma, 'Eternal Order'). Although often viewed as a polytheistic faith, Hinduism is actually henotheistic.
Updated: 2nd October 2019