Hi, my name is Sarah and I am 11 years-old. My family and I practice the religion Judaism. Judaism is one of the oldest religions that still exists today. Judaism, also, was the first major religion to believe in one God. The religion was founded in 2,5000 BC by Abraham in Mesopotamia. There are about 14 million people all around the world that believe in the religion Judaism. There are several branches of Judaism including Orthodox, Reform, Conservative, and Reconstructionist. Judaism focuses on relationships between God and mankind, God and the Jewish people, the Jewish people and the land of Israel, and between human beings. There are 13 basic and general principles of Faiths in the Judaism religion.
1. God Exists
2. God is one and unique
3. God is incorporeal
4. God is eternal
5. Prayer is to be directed to God alone and to no other
6. The words of the prophets are true
7. Moses prophecies are true, and Moses was the greatest of the prophets.
8. The written Torah (first 5 books of the Bible) and Oral Torah (teaching now contained in the Talmud and other writings) were given to Moses.
9. There will be no other Torah
10. God knows the thoughts and deeds of men
11. God will reward the good and punish the wicked
12. The Messiah will come
13. The dead will be resurrected
I live in the United States of America. The United States of America has many varieties and diversities in religion. Where I live there are not many Jewish families. The Tanakh with the Talmud is our sacred text. Symbols in Judaism are the mezuzah, tzitzit, and tefillin which are reminders of the commandments. The menorah is the ancient universal symbol of Judaism used in the celebration of Hanukkah. The Jewish star (David’s star) is a modern universal Jewish symbol. Jews wear a skull cap (yarmulke) as religious custom. One day, I would like to visit the Western Wall in Jerusalem. This is an original Sanctuary that Jews can go today to pray. My family and I worship on Saturday in the synagogue lead by the rabbi. One special service is a day-long called Yom Kippur. Yom Kippur is the holiest day in the Jewish calendar in which Jews do not eat or drink for 25 hours. The purpose is to reflect on the past year and gain forgiveness fo sins by God. It falls either in September or October. Judaism has and always will be my religion.
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