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  1. Introduction
  2. Jews and the law of the Torah
  3. The effect of effect on Jewish culture
  4. Holidays in judaism
  5. The reason that Kabbalah is so elusive
  6. Conclusion
  7. Bibliography

What is Judaism? What does it mean to be a Jew? According to Webster's Dictionary, ?Judaism is a monotheistic religion that traces its roots back to Abraham and having its spiritual and ethical principles embodied chiefly in the Hebrew Scriptures and the Talmud.? There are three branches of Judaism ? conservative, reformed, and orthodox. Today, we have secular Jews and even Atheist Jews. Judaism is a set of beliefs that governs how people should lead their daily lives. There are many rules, such as keeping kosher and observing Sabbath; however these rules are very flexible and each person can make the lifestyle and religion their own.

[...] According to Jewish tradition, it is good to have certain beliefs, but how we act on them is what makes us Jews. Jewish lineage flows through the mother. If the mother was a Jew, then the child is considered Jewish. One can also convert to Judaism, but it is a very difficult process. Through one's actions, one shows their love of God and his blessings. Men wear to show their respect to God. It is said to remind them that there will always be something between them and God, and that there will always be something above them. [...]

[...] Since a prophet is an individual chosen by God, he is what spreads God's word orally. Kabbalah stems from magic and mystical practices. It deals greatly with spiritual endeavors, and the true nature of God, which means ?without end.? Strangely, since women are not allowed to study Kabbalah, it focuses greatly on the female aspects of God. In order to study Kabbalah, one must be fluent in Hebrew, since most of the teachings stem from the Torah. Without Hebrew, Kabbalah is very difficult to master. [...]

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