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  • 1. JUDAISM
    Alex Glowacky
  • 2. Stories of Origin & Important People
    The 10 commandments
    Abraham seeing God as light
    The prophet Moses
    It is said that Abraham is
    the father of the Jewish people.
    One day, God appeared to him.
    They made a promise…Abraham
    would be the start of many nations
    as long as he was loyal to God. From
    That day, Abraham in a way became
    the founder of Judaism.
    The Ten Commandments are
    the founding laws/rules of
    Judaism. These statements
    were given to the Jewish
    people through a prophet,
    Moses was a prophet leading
    Egyptians across the Red Sea,
    where they stopped at the base
    of Mt. Sinai. One day, he was
    walking when God approached
    him as a burning bush. At this
    time, God gave Moses the Ten
    Commandments, Which would
    later become the laws of the Jews.
  • 3. Core Beliefs
    The base belief that Judaism is based on is
    that there is one god; monotheism. All Jews
    may have a different idea of what God looks
    like, but the fact that God is one is the big
    idea. One other main belief is that Jews
    follow a certain amount of rules;
    commandments. It doesn’t matter how many
    Mitzvot a Jew follows: that all depends on how
    religious they are. Some of the Mitzvot have to
    do with keeping Kosher or keeping the Sabbath.
    A necklace
    referring to one
    A different image of
    what God looks like
    How many Mitzvot there are
    One idea of what God looks like
  • 4. Holy Writings
    The Torah
    The Torah is the most holy piece of writing
    in Judaism. It contains the 5 books of Moses;
    Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and
    Deuteronomy. The Torah is also the Jewish
    Bible, which is also the Hebrew Bible and
    the Old Testament in the Christian Bible.
    This is what a Torah
    looks like dressed up
    in the Holy Ark before
    it is taken out to be
    This is what the Torah
    looks like undressed
    and rolled out to be
    This is a Yad.
    When reading
    the Torah, the
    Rabbi and/or
    Cantor will use
    it to point so that
    no grease gets on
    the old parchment
    that the Torah is
    written on
    This is a boy at his
    Bar Mitzvah
    reading from the
  • 5. Symbols & Objects
    In a way, the Star of David
    became known when during
    WWII, Hitler forced Jews
    to wear this symbol of a star.
    Since then, the sign has
    become a symbol of unity.
    The star is now on the
    Israeli flag. Another idea of
    how the symbol started was
    that the star was on David’s
    shield when he fought King
    Nimrod, and won.
    The ram’s horn represents
    God’s promise with Abraham.
    Abraham would do anything
    for God, even kill his only son.
    Isaac was too close to being
    dead, when an angel stopped
    Abraham, who turned around
    and killed a ram with it’s horn
    stuck in a tree instead.
    The Ner Tamid, or Eternal
    Light, symbolizes God’s
    eternal presence around
    us everywhere. Therefore,
    this light is never extinguished.
    The Eternal flame also meant to
    represent the menorah at the
    Temple in Jerusalem.
    The Star of David
    A ram’s horn
    The Ner Tamid
  • 6. Holy Places & Places of Worship
    For Jews, Jerusalem is the most
    important city in the world. In it
    is the Western Wall and the main
    Jewish temple, which are two of
    the most holy Places in Jewish history.
    This is the Western Wall. It is right
    near the Temple of Jerusalem and
    is the only part of the old temple still
    remaining. Visitors can see, touch and
    place things in the wall.
    There are temples all
    over the world. This
    one is in Wellesley!
    This is the Temple of Jerusalem today.
    The temple was rebuilt after Romans
    caught the original on fire.
  • 7. Rituals/Rites of Passage
    Another Step
    Each of these images shows
    a common Rite of Passage
    for a Jewish person. A Bar/Bat
    Mitzvah marks the point in time
    when a kid comes to an age
    where they make their own
    choices about religion and are
    thought of as an adult. Weddings
    are also a big part of Judaism.
    Couples get married under a canopy
    called a chupah that
    symbolizes the house
    they will make together.
    Death is anotherstep
    in life. Jewish people
    are usually buried in
    wooden caskets as
    soon as possible after
    their death.
    Bar & Bat
  • 8. Celebrations & Holidays
    Rosh Hashanah
    Yom Kippur
    Rosh Hashanah is also known
    As the Jewish New Year. On this
    Day, a ram’s horn (or shofar) is
    Blown in a Synagogue unless
    The holiday falls on Shabbat.
    Yom Kippur is probably the
    Most important holiday. During
    This time, many Jews fast. In
    English, Yom Kippur means ‘Day
    Of Atonement’. It is a day set
    Aside to “afflict the soul,” to
    atone for the sins of the past year.
    Hanukkah is a holiday
    celebrated for eight
    days and nights. In
    Hebrew, the word
    Hanukkah means
    Dedication. A menorah
    Is a common symbol of
  • 9. Thank You
    For learning about