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Judaism is an Abrahamic religion -- one of the faiths that recognize Abraham as a Patriarch. Others include Christianity Islam, and the Baha'i Faith. Although Jews comprise only about 0.2% of the human race and 2% of the U.S. population, Jewish influence on the U.S. and the rest of the world has been vast -- far more than their numbers would indicate. 

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Overview of Judaism:

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Religious texts:

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Religious groups blending Jewish culture with non-Jewish theology:

bullet Seasonal days of celebration

bullet Sabbath observances
 
bullet Jewish beliefs about:
bullet Abortion

bullet The environment and global warming

bullet Homosexuality

bullet Same-sex marriage

bullet Christian-Jewish relations:

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bullet Recent interactions:
bullet Current Attempts to Convert Jews to Christianity
 
bullet The Southern Baptist prayer guides

bullet Christian apology to Jews and Muslims for the Crusades

bulletDabru Emet: a Jewish statement on Jewish-Christian relations

bullet Christian Zionism: Christian support for the State of Israel

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star The worst anti-semitic act in U.S. history -- a Pittsburgh PA synagogue (a three-part essay)

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bulletShoah (Nazi Holocaust) topics:
bullet Admission of governments' complicity in the Nazi Holocaust

bullet Anti-semitism and the Catholic church

bullet Financial compensation for Nazi slave laborers

bullet 2006 conference in Iran of Nazi Holocaust deniers

bulletOther topics:
bullet Bible codes: messages allegedly hidden in the Torah

bullet Religious intolerance in Israel

bullet Names given to the "Holy Land"

bullet Religious hate propaganda: one story; many versions; all false

bullet Continually updated list of current Jewish news items

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Links to Jewish resources in other web sites:

  • The Washington Jewish Film Festival (WJFF) hss an annual "... exhibition of cinema that celebrates the diversity of Jewish history, culture and experience through the moving image."

  • golden rule poster The Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel and the Scarboro Missions Interfaith Department have published a Hebrew-language poster featuring texts of the Golden Rule in 13 religions. Download at: https://www.scarboromissions.ca/

bulletEssays donated by Rabbi Allen S. Maller on various topics:
bullet starLinks among the main monotheistic faiths: Part 1 Part 2 Part 3

bullet "Choosing to be chosen: Multiple relationships between God and the nations"

bullet "A new year for Jews"

bullet "A Rabbi Warns Against Islamophobia"

bullet "Muslim and Jewish Views of Jesus as 'Son of God' "

bullet "How Muslims and Jews view Jesus" Part 1 Part 2

bullet "Islamophobia and Banu Israel (The Children of Israel) in the Qur'an:" Part 1 Part 2

bullet "How Thanksgiving Days (Sukkot) Became Hanukah"

bullet "A Thanksgiving Day Fable""

bullet "Christmas and Chanukkah, Hanuka, Chanukah..?"

bullet "Don't Read the Bible Alone: Study the Bible with a Commentary and with Other Students"

bullet "Evidence of reincarnation from non-Jews who become Jewish"

bullet "Holy matrimony and sacred sexuality in Judaism"

bullet "How religious Americans view those of other faiths"

bullet "Jewish traditions on diets, cooking, and eating"

bullet "Muslims & Jews unite to preserve religious traditions: circumcision and slaughter of animals"

bullet "Why Hanukah is for Muslim Jews"

bullet "Mormons, Jews & Reincarnation. People with a 'Jewish Soul' being drawn back to Judaism"

bullet "Jewish Messianic Prophecy Today"

bullet "The religious value of celebrating a New Year"

bullet "The significance of Jewish wedding rituals"

bullet "European Attacks on Circumcision"

bullet "Political Attacks from the seoond century BCE to the present time against the Jewish and Islamic practice of male circumcision"

bullet "B'nai Israel in the Qur'an"

bullet "Fasting for Ramadan and Yom Kippur"

bullet "God's commandment against religious extremism"

bullet "What the first Asian- American Rabbi exemplifies. About the reincarnation of the Jewish soul of an ancestor"

bullet "The prophetic vision of religious pluralism From Micah to Muhammad"

bullet "A Jewish fable about repentance & atonement for people of all religions"

bullet "The discovery of an Earth-like planet near us. The search for extraterrestrial intelligent life (ETIL)."

bullet "The Coming of the Messianic Age."

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We recommend:

  • An article by Sandy Goodman, retired producer of NBC Nightly News in the Huffington Post "BLOG:"It is titled "Bad for the Jews, Bad for America. His article begins:

    ""The American Jewish community is coming apart at the seams. Its vital center is collapsing, and the entire group is increasingly polarized by runaway growth at both extremes: religious fundamentalism on one end, secular non-belief on the other. The result is not only bad for the Jews, but bad for the rest of America."

    See the article at the Huffington News.

  • book cover imagePhyllis Goldstein, "A Convenient Hatred: The History of Antisemitism" Facing History and Ourselves (2011). Read reviews or order this book safely from Amazon.com online book store. Available in paperback for $13.26 plus shipping, or in Kindle format for $8.32
  • Amazon.com's bookstore lists the following additional books on Judaism:

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