What does judaism mean?

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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


  1. Judaism(prop. n.)

    The adherents of Judaism collectively; jewry.

  2. Origin: [L. Judasmus: cf. F. judasme.]


  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

  3. Origin: [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)


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  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. Oskar Groening:

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

  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. Uri Orbach:

    This is entertainment, not Judaism, I think the general public will celebrate this, but the religious public will be indifferent. (on Madonna's visit to Israel)

  5. David Michaels:

    The tablet's significance is testament to the deep roots and enduring power of the Commandments that still form the basis of three of the world's great religions: Judaism, Christianity and Islam.

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