Judaism isnt a race or even a particular culture or ethnic group. There are about 13 or 14 million Jews spread around the world, including about 6 million in the United States and about 5 million in Israel – so Judaism clearly isnt a nation. So what does it mean to be Jewish?
- Being Jewish (being a Jew) means youre a Member of the Tribe (an M-O-T). The tribe started with a couple named Abraham and Sarah about 4,000 years ago, it grew over time, and its still here today. You can become part of the Jewish tribe in two ways: By being born to a Jewish mother or joining through a series of rituals (called converting).
- Judaism is a set of beliefs, practices, and ethics based on the Torah. You can practice Judaism and not be Jewish, and you can be a Jew and not practice Judaism.
- Orthodox Jews and breakaway denominations
- Judaism as a daily practice
- The food and fabric of Judaism
- Celebrations and holy days
- 4,000 years of pain, sadness, triumph, and joy
- Great Jewish thinkers and historical celebrities