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ˈdʒu diˌɪz əm, -də-ju·daism

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Judaism, Hebraism, Jewish religionnoun

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

  2. Judaismnoun

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


  1. Judaismnoun

    The adherents of Judaism collectively; jewry.


  1. Judaismnoun

    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.


  1. judaism

    Judaism is a monotheistic religion that emerged among the ancient Hebrews, tracing its origins back to Abraham and his descendants around 2000 B.C. It is based on the Torah, which encompasses the first five books of the Bible, along with the teachings and interpretations by Rabbis found in the Talmud and other texts. Fundamental to Judaism are the belief in one God and the covenant between God and the Jewish people, involving obedience to God's laws, particularly the Ten Commandments. Jewish practices include observing the Sabbath, circumcision, kosher dietary rules, and other rituals. The three main branches of Judaism are Orthodox, Conservative, and Reform.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Judaismnoun

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

  2. Judaismnoun

    conformity to the Jewish rites and ceremonies

  3. Etymology: [L. Judasmus: cf. F. judasme.]


  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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Judaism in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Judaism in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of Judaism in a Sentence

  1. Cyril Berdugo:

    I told my parents I would leave so I could express my Judaism in a very free way here in the United States.

  2. Benjamin Weinthal:

    The number of Christians in Iran is estimated at between 200,000 and 500,000, out of an overall population of nearly 78 million. Although the Islamic Republic’s constitution guarantees on paper that Christianity, Judaism, and Zoroastrianism are protected religions, the application of Sharia Law — or Islamic Law — relegates the members of the minority religions to second class citizens. The historical term for a subjugated non-Muslim religious minority member living in an Islamic society is dhimmi. In response to multiple FoxNews.com media queries about the convicted Iranian Christians, Hamid Babaei, head of the press office in the Mission of the Islamic Republic of Iran to the United Nations in New York, declined to comment. Saba Farzan said the latest crackdown is further affirmation that the current talks between the U.S. and Iran on lifting economic sanctions in exchange for guarantees Iran won't pursue nuclear weapons can not proceed in good faith. They never made sense and never will, Saba Farzan said. The West can't discuss arms control with a leadership that oppresses religious minorities and human rights activists.

  3. Rabbi Benjy Silverman:

    She was passionate about Judaism, she was passionate about her kids, and she did a great job of fulfilling the values that were important to her.

  4. Oskar Groening:

    If you are convinced that the destruction of Judaism is necessary, then it no longer matters how the killing takes place.

  5. Dalia Marx:

    The liberal streams (of Judaism) acknowledge the fact that maybe some people are born in the wrong skin, and they have the right and maybe the duty to search for their own identity, then the Jewish religion and Jewish leaders have to help them find their way into this new reality that they created for themselves.

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