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Judaism Basics


Judaism Basics

By Chaviva Gordon-Bennett, About.com Guide to Judaism

This introduction to Judaism includes basic information about the Jewish religion and a free "Ask the Rabbi" service. What are the different denominations of Judaism? What are the Torah and Talmud? How are Jewish holidays and lifecycle events celebrated? Learn about Judaism's beliefs, practices and prayers.

  1. Ask the Rabbi
  2. Branches of Judaism
  3. Jewish Beliefs
  4. Blessings and Prayers
  1. Jewish Practices
  2. Judaism's Holy Text
  3. Conversion to Judaism

Ask the Rabbi

Find englightening answers from rabbis of various branches of Judaism to a great variety of questions about Judaism.

Branches of Judaism

Jewish movements, often referred to as denominations, branches or sects of Judaism, differ from each other in some beliefs and thus in the way they observe Judaism. Learn more about various branches of Judaism, namely Secular Humanistic, Reconstructionist, Reform, Conservative and Orthodox.

Jewish Beliefs

What do Jewish believe? Find information about beliefs, ideas and philosophy in Judaism.

Blessings and Prayers

What blessings and prayers do Jews recite? Find information about Jewish worship.

Jewish Practices

What rituals do Jews perform? Learn how to practice Judaism.

Judaism's Holy Text

Learn about Judaism's sacred documents, Torah and Talmud.

Conversion to Judaism

Find resources for converts to Judaism. Get answers about how to convert to Judaism. Read personal experiences of people who have already gone through the conversion process.

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