ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Fun and Interesting Facts About Judaism

Updated on April 18, 2016

I believe that everyone should know at least a few facts about the world's many religions. This is the first of a series of articles, in which I will share a few fun facts about the many diverse religious philosophies of the world. I hope you enjoy these snippets of knowledge, and learn something new about the faith of a friend or colleague!

Judaism is the religion of the Jewish people, which originates from the stories in the Hebrew Bible , where the Jews are described as "G-d's chosen people." Here are a few fun facts about the Jewish faith:

  • Judaism is one of the oldest religions in the world.
  • Abraham, father of Isaac, is the traditional founding father of Judaism.
  • Judaism is the only religion in the world that has lost its holy land and was able to regain it.
  • The original language of Judaism is Hebrew, and is still used by Jews today.
  • A kipa, or yarmulke, is a small dish-shaped cap worn by male Jews to fulfil a requirement, stated in the Talmud , that their head should be covered at all times.
  • Two major holidays celebrated by Jews are Passover and Hanukkah.
  • A Jewish teacher is called a Rabbi.
  • The term kosher, or in Hebrew, kashrut , is used to describe the dietary laws of the Jews. Jews are forbidden to imbibe foods that are considered "unclean" as commanded in the Torah .
  • Traditional, or Orthodox Jews, adhere to 613 commandments, outlined in the Torah , as opposed to Christianity's 10.
  • At the age of 13, Jewish children become responsible for their own action, and usually hold a ceremony to commemorate their rite of passage from childhood into adulthood, when they become bar mitzvah (for boys) or bat mitzvah (for girls).
  • The seventh day of the week is the Sabbath. Jews are commanded to keep the Sabbath as a day of rest, as G-d rested after six days of creating the world.
  • Gematria is the name of a system of Jewish numerology, assigning a numerical value to letters.
  • The Sanhedrin, the chief court of law in the ancient Jewish tradition comprised of 71 rabbis.
  • Antisemitism is a word used to describe hatred and discrimination against people of the Jewish faith.
  • The Western Wall is a large retain wall is all that is left of the second Jewish Temple, built in Jerusalem by King Herod. It is located on the western side of the Temple Mount. Jews gather there daily for prayer and celebration.



Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    • profile image

      johnnybut fart 4 months ago

      veryhelpful

    • Guckenberger profile image

      Alexander James Guckenberger 5 months ago from Maryland, United States of America

      The Hebrew "rabbi" and the Arabic "rab" used to simply mean "master".

    • profile image

      bob 14 months ago

      i really appreciate this for a project i am doing in 6th grade. thank you HUBBBBB

    • Snehalkumar Tayde profile image

      Snehalkumar Tayde 14 months ago

      these facts are really very interesting and i have a keen interest in studying about various religion and helped me a lot. I have also read about facts about various religion and judaism on a blog, those were also very interesting. Here is the link:

      https://webbybuzz.com/10-amazing-facts-about-judai...

    • profile image

      Your mama. 16 months ago

      I really like these facts. They are really good facts. Like OMG WOW!!!

    • profile image

      falcon 2 years ago

      Thanks for the help

    • profile image

      bob 2 years ago

      to long

    • profile image

      Will 2 years ago

      Good page for me

    • profile image

      Grace 3 years ago

      Wow,these facts are really amazing

    • profile image

      poopman32 3 years ago

      meow good meow website

    • profile image

      me 3 years ago

      Thanks soooooooooo much it really helped!!!

    • profile image

      OMGitsAzzaB 3 years ago

      Thanks This Website Really Helped!

    • profile image

      Bob the builder 3 years ago

      It helped

    • profile image

      girl 3 years ago

      it helped

    • profile image

      Shivi 3 years ago

      Thanks it helped me hwk

    • profile image

      Jacinta 3 years ago

      This is extremely good i lyk it infact thanks

    • profile image

      johari kiemo 32 3 years ago

      Also I liked I was some diffculties going on the website and understanding the words and I would really appreciate if their were more basic but I like the effort you put in it. I would rate it 6 stars

    • profile image

      dancer13 3 years ago

      I loved ur website its amazing its helps with projects homework and many more thx for helping

    • profile image

      dflanka 3 years ago

      it was very useful in in many ways to cheat with homework

    • profile image

      sayeedur123 4 years ago

      this is homework!!! :)

    • profile image

      bob 4 years ago

      it helped

    • profile image

      Timothny Roberts 4 years ago

      I rather enjoyed reading this, I learned a various amount of facts about Judaism, that I never knew! Ahar, fancy me not knowing something. Anyway, good good, and keep the work up, darling.

    • profile image

      Patricia 4 years ago

      I worked for many years in Jewish community with a Jewish boss.they all treated me very well.as a hairdresser some of the clients saw me as a future daughter in law and went to any functions.sunday morning was always busy with comb outs fine until they found out I was a Christian.i h ave always been interested in the reliagion

    • profile image

      muslim 4 years ago

      thanks for teaching me about jews

    • profile image

      the 5 years ago

      freaking rockes dude whu hu baby

    • profile image

      teisha 5 years ago

      thx that info really helped with my homework

    • profile image

      Aresh 5 years ago

      Tnx!!!It was very useful

    • profile image

      cashmier 5 years ago

      this is wat i have to do on a report

    • TMApsey profile image
      Author

      TMApsey 5 years ago from Wisconsin, USA

      I'm so glad that this was able to help you! You are welcome!

    • profile image

      cj 5 years ago

      this site helped me get an A+.Thanks!:)

    • profile image

      bryan 5 years ago

      i have to do a project and this is the greatest site ever!!! :)

    • profile image

      roseyrose 5 years ago

      very good

    • profile image

      anais 5 years ago

      thank you for the facts on my homework i got star of the week thanks

    • profile image

      niyait 5 years ago

      good deatil

    • profile image

      jess 5 years ago

      Thank you need this for re homework only good website i could find to get use full facts about judaism

    • profile image

      sariyah 5 years ago

      Yeah, these facts on Judaism are really helpful.

    • profile image

      kayleigh 5 years ago

      very good information do u know anything about jews? please get back to me! x

    • profile image

      Taffin 5 years ago

      Thx for the facts

    • profile image

      mike 5 years ago

      these facts are really use full for my project for school!

    • profile image

      Tayla 5 years ago

      Your hub is very Intresting I have found out a lot of facts about judasim . i enjoyed reading them. Ireally needed to learn about those facts because i needed them for my home work .

    • profile image

      Sophie 5 years ago

      Actually, Hannuka is not a major holiday, it is a minor one. It is made a big deal in the US because it comes around the same time as Christmas. So, it has become "Americanized" over the years. Maybe because of children's jealousy? or shopping sprees? Who knows..

    • uzma shaheen profile image

      Uzma Shaheen Bhatti 5 years ago from Lahore,Pakistan

      I love to learn about different religeons and faith. your hub is very interesting. thanks for sharing this information.

    • profile image

      Hannah Elliott 6 years ago

      Thankyou so much for posting these gr8 facts online! I am doing homework about Judaism and these facts are really useful!!!! :) Thanks!!!

    • profile image

      TIm Goddard 6 years ago

      Useful and informative...Enjoyed reading the information on the Jewish Faith. Good Stuff! 613 Commandments! That's a lot. Do not think I could do it!

    • profile image

      Cassie 6 years ago

      Very good! Thanks for some information. :)

    • profile image

      Deborah Sexton 6 years ago

      Great and correct Info

    • profile image

      RoseyRose 6 years ago

      this helped me, and im not jewish at all so yeah it helped for my school project.

    • FloraBreenRobison profile image

      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      I've read these out of order. oops. 613 commandments. wow. Gematria is quite fascinating.

    • Devika12 profile image

      Devika12 6 years ago

      I love your hub. I myself believe in all religions and appreciate when others people do the same. Every religion is pure and true in it's own essence.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)