Judaism Essays (Examples)

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Visit to Jewish Temple

Words: 1056 Length: 3 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 47792832

The service I attended was a Shabbat (Sabbath) on the morning of Saturday, June 2 at the Beth Shalom temple. I arrived at 9:50 for the 10AM start. The congregants were dressed with varying degrees of formality, and most arrived in family groups. In a modern building, the area of worship was a small chapel with capacity for about two hundred people. On this day, the room was about half full. Arranged like a small auditorium, the chapel had a sort of stage rather than an altar. On the stage was a dais, and behind that was simple piece of furniture covered with a cloth; I later learned this was the arc.
The rabbi and the cantor (singer) were both female. The service opened with songs, which the congregation sang along with as the cantor sang and played from an acoustic guitar. After the initial songs, the rabbi read…… [Read More]


“History and Development of Shabbat,” (n.d.). My Jewish Learning. https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/history-and-development-of-shabbat/

“History of the Reform Movement,” (n.d.). My Jewish Learning. https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/reform-judaism/

Molloy, M. (2013). Experiencing the World’s Religions. [Kindle Edition].

Rich, T.R. (2011). The nature of Shabbat. http://www.jewfaq.org/shabbat.htm

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Religion and Ethics Golden Rule

Words: 374 Length: 1 Pages Document Type: Essay Paper #: 62109186

Religion is too often used as a justification to do harm to others, thereby negating the core function of religion in providing psychological salve, ethical frameworks for resolving conflicts, and for stimulating social cohesion. All religions from the traditional African religions Mbon (1994) outlines to the Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, and Islam all refer in some way to the Golden Rule: that treating others the way one wishes to be treated is the ultimate moral compass (Molloy, 2013). In the New Testament, the Golden Rule is framed as “Do for other people whatever you would like to have them do for you,” (Matthew 7:12). Other religions from Buddhism to Bahai also teach the Golden Rule, showing how important this universal precept is for cultivating compassionate societies and healthy human relationships (Robinson, 2016). Of course, the golden Rule needs no religious grounding at all. The Golden Rule makes logical sense,…… [Read More]