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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

Ju•da•ismˈdʒu diˌɪz əm, -də-(n.)

  1. the monotheistic religion of the Jews, based on the precepts of the Old Testament and the teachings and commentaries of the rabbis as found chiefly in the Talmud.

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  2. belief in and conformity to this religion, its practices, and ceremonies.

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  3. this religion considered as forming the basis of the cultural and social identity of the Jews.

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  4. Jews collectively; Jewry.

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Origin of Judaism:

1485–95; < LL < Gk

Ju`da•is′tic(adj.)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. Judaism, Hebraism, Jewish religion(noun)

    Jews collectively who practice a religion based on the Torah and the Talmud

  2. Judaism(noun)

    the monotheistic religion of the Jews having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Torah and in the Talmud

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. Judaism(noun)ˈdʒu diˌɪz əm, -də-

    the religion based on the Old Testament and the Talmud

    judaic writings

Wiktionary

  1. Judaism(Noun)

    A world religion tracing its origin to the Hebrew people of the ancient Middle-East, as documented in their religious writings, the Torah or Old Testament.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Judaism(noun)

    the religious doctrines and rites of the Jews as enjoined in the laws of Moses

  2. Judaism(noun)

    conformity to the Jewish rites and ceremonies

Freebase

  1. Judaism

    Judaism is the religion, philosophy and way of life of the Jewish people. Judaism is a monotheistic religion, with its main inspiration being based on or found in the Hebrew Bible which has been explored in later texts, such as the Talmud. Judaism is considered by religious Jews to be the expression of the covenantal relationship God established with the Children of Israel. Judaism is not a homogenous religion, and embraces a number of streams and views. Today, Rabbinic Judaism is the most numerous stream, and holds that God revealed his laws and commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai in the form of both the Written and Oral Torah. Historically, this assertion was challenged by various groups such as the Sadducees and Hellenistic Judaism during the Second Temple period; the Karaites and Sabbateans during the early and later medieval period; and among segments of the modern reform movements. Liberal movements in modern times such as Humanistic Judaism may be nontheistic. Today, the largest Jewish religious movements are Orthodox Judaism, Conservative Judaism and Reform Judaism. A major source of difference between these groups is their approach to Jewish law. Orthodox Judaism maintains that the Torah and Jewish law are divine in origin, eternal and unalterable, and that they should be strictly followed. Conservative and Reform Judaism are more liberal, with Conservative Judaism generally promoting a more "traditional" interpretation of Judaism's requirements than Reform Judaism. A typical Reform position is that Jewish law should be viewed as a set of general guidelines rather than as a set of restrictions and obligations whose observance is required of all Jews. Historically, special courts enforced Jewish law; today, these courts still exist but the practice of Judaism is mostly voluntary. Authority on theological and legal matters is not vested in any one person or organization, but in the sacred texts and rabbis and scholars who interpret them.

U.S. National Library of Medicine

  1. Judaism

    The religion of the Jews characterized by belief in one God and in the mission of the Jews to teach the Fatherhood of God as revealed in the Hebrew Scriptures. (Webster, 3d ed)


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Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

Judaism(noun)

the Jewish religion, based on the Jewish Scriptures.

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