12 Great Introduction-to-Judaism Books
We asked a group of Jewish educators to recommend the best Introduction to Judaism/Judaism 101 books, and the most popular suggestions are listed below, in order of most recently published/updated. Did we miss a great book? Email us at [email protected] or leave a comment below.
What do Jews use to study?
The Parsha (weekly Torah portion) with its Meforshim (Rabbinic commentators), Talmud, and ethical works are all examples of traditional Jewish Torah study.
What book is most important to the Jewish faith?
The divine origin of the Torah is an essential tenet of Judaism, according to the Mishnah, and the Torah was recompiled by Ezra during the Second Temple period, according to Jewish tradition.
What book do Jewish believe in?
The Jewish sacred text is known as the Tanakh, or “Hebrew Bible,” and it contains the same books as the Christian Bible’s Old Testament, but in a slightly different order.
Where can I study Judaism?
Colleges with Jewish Studies programs
- American Jewish University.
- American University.
- Binghamton University.
- Brandeis University.
- Brown University.
- Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
- Bar-Ilan University.
- Tel Aviv University.
- Hebrew University of Jerusalem
What is Galilee called today?
Galilee, Hebrew Ha-galil, is the northernmost region of ancient Palestine, roughly corresponding to modern-day northern Israel. Its biblical boundaries are hazy; conflicting readings leave only one thing clear: it was part of the Naphtali tribe’s territory.
Is the Torah the same as the Bible?
Because the laws and customs passed down through oral traditions are considered part and parcel of God’s revelation to Moses and constitute the “oral Torah,” Torah is also understood to include both the Oral Law and the Written Law.
What is the difference between the Torah and the Bible?
The Hebrew Bible, also known as Tanakh, is a collection of Jewish holy books that is similar to the Christian Bible. Hebrew Bible refers to the entire set or collection of scriptures, including the Torah, whereas Torah refers to teaching and includes the first five books of the Hebrew Bible.
Is the Torah older than the Bible?
The Torah is the first section or first five books of the Jewish bible, written in Hebrew, the oldest of Jewish languages. It is also known as Torat Moshe, the Law of Moses.
What is forbidden in Judaism?
Eating shellfish is prohibited, as is eating birds of prey; only clean birds, that is, birds that do not eat other animals, are permitted. Poultry is permitted. Meat and dairy cannot be eaten together, as the Torah states: do not boil a child in its mother’s milk (Exodus 23:19).
What is the difference between Christianity and Judaism?
Judaism emphasizes the Oneness of God and rejects the Christian concept of God in human form, believing in an eternal dialogue with God through tradition, rituals, prayers, and ethical actions. Christianity generally believes in a Triune God, one of whom became human.
What do Jews do on the Sabbath?
On Shabbat, all Jewish denominations encourage reading, studying, and discussing Torah and commentary, Mishnah and Talmud, and learning some halakha and midrash, as well as attending synagogue for prayers.
How do I start practicing Judaism?
How to Make a Conversion
- Discuss conversion with a rabbi.
- Study Jewish beliefs, history, rituals, and practices.
- Learn some Hebrew.
- Become involved in Jewish community life.
- Believe in G-d and the divinity of the Torah.
- Agree to follow all 613 mitzvot (commandments) of the Torah.
How can I learn Hebrew for free?
Glossika is an audio language course that uses spaced-repetition to help you learn useful Hebrew phrases, and the first 1,000 repetitions are free. Pealim is a free Hebrew verb conjugator and reference site, and Goethe Verlag has 100 free lessons for Hebrew language learners.
What is the focus of the basic teachings of Judaism?
The main teachings of Judaism are about God, specifically that there is only one God, Yahweh, who created and controls the universe. Judaism also teaches that God is spiritual rather than physical. Jews believe that God is one u2013 a unity: He is one whole, complete being.