Judaism The historic roots and origin of Judaism started in the near east and the sacred text the Torah tell us how Jews became a people chosen by god to serve him. Two major festivals of the Judaism Religion are Passover and the Shavuot. “In ancient times, three of Judaism’s seasonal festivals Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot, were directly linked to the agricultural cycle of the year and were celebrated with a seasonal rite of pilgrimage to the temple in Jerusalem” (Lieber 2012). Passover, Shavuot and Sukkot are known as the shalosh regalim, the three feet, because they were once celebrated as pilgrimage festivals. A collection of psalms is added to the daily liturgy on each of the three pilgrimage festivals. These festivals help Jews appreciate the sacred uniqueness of each passing season and connect in a Jewish way to the rhythm of the natural world. Passover takes place during the spring and celebrates the spring theme of rebirth and renewal. The meaning or Question of Passover is what does it mean to be truly free? The Passover is an eight da festival known also as the time of our liberation. In the spring during the reawakening of the natural world Jews turn their attention to celebrating the season of liberation. The most commonly known Scripture of Passover says “you shall tell your child on that day it is because of what god did for me when I went out of Egypt. In every generation it is mandatory for a Jew to see their selves as one who personally went out from Egypt. Passover is such a popular holiday among Jews today because its central message resonates so well with regular American values .The Biblical story of the Israelites liberation from Egyptian bondage is the focal point of the Passover holiday. The Passover holiday arriving in the spring time represents a second New Year festival in the Jewish calendar. “On the first day of Passover, a special prayer is added to reflect the idea that ample dew in its proper season is a blessing from god” (Lieber 2012). One of the basic customs of the Passover holiday is abstention. Jews remain abstention from leavened bread for the entire eight days of the festival. Another custom of the Passover is cleanliness and spring cleaning. Also there is special meal preparation for the Passover holiday. The first two nights are celebrated with a special meal called Sedar. The Sedar is an ancient ritual known as Haggadah and serves as the script from the ritual. Passover isn’t a time for soul searching or major resolutions, but rather a time for clearing away with the old and making way for the new. The Shavuot holiday comes in the early summer and celebrates the ancient barley harvest and the first fruits of spring planting. Some fifty days after the Passover holiday is commemorated the Shavuot holiday is celebrated. The Shavuot pilgrimage festival celebrates the revelation of the Torah at Mount Sinai. Also the observances practiced on Shavuot emphasize a love of Torah and the importance of study of all ages. The Shavuot holiday is celebrated with joyful synagogue services like a reading of the biblical book of Ruth. Shavuot is a time for celebrating milestones in their children’s religious education and also a time to affirm adult commitment to Jewish education. Sometimes Shavuot includes a ceremony called confirmation, a graduation from religious school for continued education for a number of years past. One custom of the Shavuot holiday developed in medieval times is to stay up all night to study the Torah. The ritual is called Tikkum Leyl Shavuot. Shavuot celebrates the culmination of the grain harvest, and also celebrated with a ritual called Bikkururim. “Bikkururim is an offering of the first fruits of the fields. Its customary among some Jews to eat dairy products during Shavuot. The practice is linked to the biblical book of songs, in which the Torah is compared to milk. One of the least-observed festivals, Shavuot however is just an important festival as the…
with Nelson Barbour – preached his views on Christianity, based on what the two had published in their book Three Worlds. After his death, Joseph Rutherford was appointed president of the Watch Tower Society, soon changing the name of the organization to what is now The Jehovah’s Witnesses.
As an organization, the Jehovah’s Witnesses do not consider Russell the founder of a new religion. You will find such a statement on their website that aims to clarify that misconception: “The goal of Russell and…
World Religious Traditions 1
April 23, 2013
Dr. Clayton Mills
World Religious Traditions 1
People may have different meanings for the ideal person and we all have our own opinion but Confucius had his own meaning and he had different concepts and they are ren, li, and shu, xiao and wen I am going to explain what he meant by these concepts and illustrate a better understanding.
According to the chapter 6 of Experiencing the World Religions the Chinese character…
Christina M. Epps
Christianity, Islam, and Judaism are three world religions. It is a common misperception that these three religions have nothing in common. While Christianity, Islam, and Judaism do have many differences, thay also have some of the same ideals. One similarity that the three religions share is there belief in one God, the God of Abraham (The Origins of Islam, 2012). All three religions also believe in angels and demons (ReligionFacts…
4 December 2014
Expressing unity through the Eucharist
The Seven Sacraments are one of the many essential factors that is part of the Christian belief system. They are Baptism, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Confirmation, Marriage, Holy Orders, an Anointing of the sick. One of these important sacrament, which plays an important role in expressing the unity in all Christians, is Eucharist. By partaking the body and blood of Jesus Christ, all Christians are brought…
February 25, 2013
Buddhism originated from Indian prince named Siddhartha Gautama who said, “He whose aim will be accomplished”. Being aware of human suffering the prince was determined to penetrate the root cause of frustration and pain and discover a more deeply satisfying way of life. After he accomplished his goal, prince Siddhartha became known as the Buddha, the Awakened one. But even before he was born and was just in the womb his mother had…
22 July 2013
If Humans Were Immortal
“Jesus said to her, I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die” (John 11 25:26). For the Christian faith, as well as, many other religions, religion provides a promise of life after death. However, that is not the only purpose of religion. If human beings were incapable of dying, religion would still be a primary…
After reading all different types of Theories of Religions in the textbook, I came more interested in theories of Religions as Projections of Human Needs by German philosopher Ludwig Feuerbach.
He saw that religions were basically projections of the wishes and essentials of humanity. He also said people tend to see themselves as helpless and dependent when they are facing challenges of life. For that reason, they strive to overcome their fear or problems through imagination. Feuerbach thought that…
World Religions Report
Yvette L. Renwicks
University of Phoenix
2. Background on Our Lady of Constellation
3. Interview questions;
How did you come to this religion?
Has your family been practicing this religion?
How long have you been practicing this religion?
What are your major practices of worship?
What are the basic beliefs of this religion?
What are your holidays?
What is the meaning behind these holidays?
What do you like about this religion…
Professor Mark Wessner
Introduction to World Religions
22 November 2013
Hinduism and Christianity: Life Goals and Meditation
Every religion has its own specific beliefs and teachings concerning morality and life goals and mediation/prayer practices. For example, Hinduism believes in the continuous cycle of birth, life, death and rebirth, until broken by good deeds. Christianity believes in a singular life, death and ultimate judgment. Meditation and prayer is a very important…