Description of the item or thing you selected: The Simchat Torah, also known as the "Joy of the Torah", is a Jewish holiday that celebrate 's the completion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and sets the beginning of a new cycle. It is a joyous day in which celebrates the Jewish love for the Torah and its studies. The Simchat Torah is celebrated on the second day of Shemini Atzeret, which follows immediately after the eight-day festival of Sukkot. It is an annual custom that is observed on the 22nd to 23rd of Tishrei, in which this year lands on the 24th of October. Beginning at sunset, it is celebrated by removing all the Torah scrolls out of the ark in the synagogue and spend the evening singing, dancing, and rejoicing. Then, …show more content…
They gave it the name Simchat Torah and began the tradition of dancing with the Torah as a sign of its celebration. During the Gallic period in Babylon, the Torah had been separated into 54 parashiot, "reading portions," which was to be read each Shabbat during the year. With time, this practice began to spread to the entire Jewish community and gathered new customs from different groups, especially in Israel. At first, the celebration of Sh 'mini Atzeret was only that until the late Second Temple period when Simchat Torah became a part of this holiday. When the Torah is to be read, a person who is called cup, an Aliya, is to bless the last paragraphs that are called the Bridegroom of the Torah or the Chassan Torah. It is also understood that whoever reads from the Torah must not touch it but only with a type of reading stick to follow the words. In the eleventh century, the Simchat Torah soon became known as only the second day of Shemini Atzeret or the ninth day of Sukkot. The customs of Simchat Torah is unlike any other Jewish traditions because it encourages women, together with men, to participate and worship in the synagogue. Today, this Jewish celebration is the only holiday that is not celebrated at the same time everywhere else in the world and is even participated on different dates by different groups of …show more content…
In the passage Deuteronomy 34:4-8, it says "4 Then the Lord said to him, “This is the land I promised on oath to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob when I said, ‘I will give it to your descendants.’ I have let you see it with your eyes, but you will not cross over into it.” 5 And Moses the servant of the Lord died there in Moab, as the Lord had said. 6 He buried him[g] in Moab, in the valley opposite Beth Peor, but to this day no one knows where his grave is. 7 Moses was a hundred and twenty years old when he died, yet his eyes were not weak nor his strength gone. 8 The Israelites grieved for Moses in the plains of Moab thirty days, until the time of weeping and mourning was
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Judaism is one of the oldest religious practices all over the world. It literally gave a start to two the most popular religions nowadays: Islam and Christianity. It seems that everybody must be familiar with the basics of this religion, though it is not true. The majority of people know only a few attributes or ceremonies that Judaism is using until modern times, such as Menorah (the candelabrum with seven branches), Star of David (traditionally known as the symbol of Judaism) and, let’s say, the Bar Mitzvah ceremony. What people are missing (apart from the associations) is how truly symbolic all of them are in the practice of Judaism. Bar or Bat Mitzvah, for example, present practically the basis of Jewish culture and religion. The idea of how and why it became so important is what we will try to look through.
In the history of the Jews, they have frequently been in persecution of their oppressive societies. Today, most of the Jewish population are living as ethnic minorities in diaspora. Judaism is a religion that conveys hope to the Jews in times of suffering. The Passover is an important Jewish tradition that celebrates this hope and strengthens their inner spirits. Its origin can be traced back to the Exodus of Jews from Egypt, and to this day, this event is still celebrated in Passover. It has transformed over the history from the earliest Biblical account to the present day practices.
238). In comparison to both Islam and Christianity, rituals, traditions, and holidays are relatively heavy within the structure of Judaism. For example, special days and rituals under Judaism may affect the everyday lives of followers (Fisher, 2008 p. 280). Simply put, followers of Judaism celebrate life. Nonetheless, Judaism does not incorporate an official creed, allowing the views of followers to vary, unlike Islam, where right beliefs are important. Interestingly, unlike both Christianity and Islam, sacred Jewish texts do not elaborate into details of the afterlife, according to Mary Fisher (Fisher, 2008 p. 274). Also, similar to Islam, Judaism heavily promotes the concept of daily prayer. Under Judaism, many followers adhere to Halakah, or a collective set of Jewish laws, which governs religious life, and in some cases, even daily life, according to Mary Fisher (Fisher, 2008 p. 274). Many religions foresee a heroic, saving figure, where followers of Judaism believe the Messiah to fit such a role (Fisher, 2008 p. 251). Overall, the ultimate goal of Judaism encompasses celebration, good ethics, love, and good morals in order to become aligned with
The Jewish religious tradition of Rosh Hashanah celebrates the birthday of the world and a time of divine judgment. It is then followed by another holiday, called Yom Kippur ten days later. These two traditions are called the High Holidays. Rosh Hashanah encapsulates four major and interconnected themes, which are: The Jewish New Year, The Day of Shofar Blowing, The Day of Remembrance, and The Day of Judgment (Layton, 2014). This is the most significant time in the Jewish year, as it marks the chance for repentance and forgiveness in the eyes of God. During the High Holidays, Jews cleanse their soul and get the chance to start fresh with an unburdened conscience and the intention of doing better in the coming year (Layton, 2014).
The Jewish perspective of God is that he is omnipotent and omnipresent. The Jewish religion is monotheist and possesses the belief that exists outside of time. One other religious perspective is that the Jews have a different calendar to the Christian one. There are also many different holidays in the Jewish calendar and their year begins with Rosh Hashanah. In addition, the Jews also engage in the celebration of liberty from Egyptian rule in the past with Passover or Pesach. The celebration is accompanied by a Seder
Israelites were required by God to mark the doorframes of their farmhouses with a lamb’s blood for identification purpose for the angel that they belong to Jewish faith and to “pass over” their household without imposing the plagues. In the midnight of 15th day of the Jewish month of Nisan, the avenging angel killed all Egyptian firstborns, sparing the children of Israel decent live by ‘passing over” their households, hence the holiday’s name. This curse forced Pharaoh’s to allow Moses to leave Egypt quickly along with Israelites. Due to sudden departure the Israelites could not even carry the bread they had made for the holiday. Since that day the Passover holiday has been a festivity of freedom by the believers of the Judaic religion.
When the Torah was brought out, everyone had stood up. The Torah was wrapped up; everyone had stood until the Torah was completely unwrapped. The reading from the Torah was called Parashah. Each week a different Parashah is read to represent key events and messages that happened in the Jewish world (Geffen 2012, p.1). According to Beth David Messianic congregation 2014, Parashah means portion. One portion of the Torah is read each week during the Shabbat service and takes one year to read the whole Torah. The Torah is read each Saturday and the whole process of unwrapping it is because it is suppose to reenact the history of Israel from giving of the Torah at Sinai to the worship in the Temple of Jerusalem (Kohn 2013,
Shabbat involves two commandments that all people who observe the Shabbat must follow, Zachor meaning to remember and Shamor meaning to observe. Orthodox Judaism celebrates the ritual of Shabbat by lighting the candles, this needs to be done before Shabbat begins because lighting a fire on Shabbat is prohibited, the lighting of the candles is a time of which woman can pray and it symbolizes the Jewish shine and glory that will always shine around the world.
According to the book of Exodus in the Bible, Israel's future leader, Moses, was born at a very risky time. It was a time when the Jews in Egypt had increased in number and prospered so much that the Egyptian pharaoh decreed that every male Jew who was born at that time was to be killed. Moses was born a Jew. However, when his mother realized that, the time came for him to be born; she decided not to let him be killed and was eager to hide him. It was not possible though to keep him with her, for she would be found. Consequently, she decided to hide him among the reeds in the River Nile (Exodus 1-2 and QB VI...
Shabbat is the celebration of the Sabbath. Jews recognize sunset on Friday into Saturday evening as their Sabbath. The Sabbath is a day of rest that is set apart from other days, a day in which Jews focus themselves on spiritual gratitude and reflection. Shabbat is considered one of the most important rituals to Jews. Shabbat is the observance of two interrelated commandments; to remember Shabbat (Zakhor), and to observe Shabbat (Shamor) (jewfaq.org). On Shabbat Jews rest themselves from daily tasks and take the time to enrich their minds spiritually.
One of the oldest monotheistic religion is Judaism, which began in 1900 B.C. Judaism originates from Canaan; which is modernly known as Israel. The followers are called Jews, they were formerly called Israelites and Hebrews. Abraham is the founder of Judaism; He became the founder when he traveled to Canaan, sacred land given to the Hebrews by God. Moses is given the Ten Commandments, rules to follow, by God to share with his followers. The Torah, the Jewish Bible, is the holy book of Judaism. Israel and Judah are two kingdoms where Judaism spread rapidly. Nowadays, Judaism is worshipped, taught, and preached in synagogues and temples. One of their most popular holidays is Chanukah or Hanukkah. Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday which celebrates the win of light over the darkness or the triumph of good over bad. Jews celebrate Hanukkah for eight days.
The father of Judaism is Abraham; believed to be called by God. The central belief amongst Jews is also monotheism. Jews believe that God assigned them to be “his chosen people in order to set an example of holiness and ethical behavior to the world” (“Judaism: Jewish Beliefs”). Judaism is a theocratic religion, a system of government ruled by God. To date, there are approximately 14 million Jews around the world. The Holy Scriptures can be found in the Tanakh. The Tanakh consists of the three sections: Pentateuch, which is the five books of Moses – Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy, The Prophets and The Writings (Muzorewa). The Decalogue, also known as The Ten Commandments of Judaism are: worship one God, do not worship idols, do not use God’s name in vain, remember the Sabbath day and keep it Holy, honor your father and your mother, do not commit murder, do not commit adultery, do not steal, do not lie and do not covet. The primary beliefs of Judaism are: faith pervades all angles of life, religion, history, culture and politics are combined as one and praying, trusting and being faithful leads to holiness. According to (Rich), “Kashrut is the body of Jewish law dealing with what foods we can and cannot eat and how those foods must be prepared and eaten.” This law lists foods that are “kosher”, which means fit or proper for Jews to eat. Passover is a weeklong memorial holiday in