What is ‘cultural’ Judaism?

To understand cultural Judaism, you need to know what exactly Judaism is. Judaism is the ethnic religion of the Jewish people. It is an ancient religion which encompasses the philosophy and culture of the Jewish people. Cultural Judaism encourages individual thought and understanding of Judaism.

Judaism as a daily practice

If you look at Judaism as a daily practice, it is a religion that focuses more on deeds than beliefs. In other words, Judaism is a set of practices and it is known as a way of life. When an individual through these practices connects more consciously to God, they are called mitzvot; standing for commandments.

Jewish religion recognizes a number of significant occasions in a person’s life. The family and in most cases the community participate in the commemoration even though the individual is the focus of the festivities. Jewish law (halakhal) combined with rabbinic laws and traditions are central to Judaism.

In Judaism, halakhal governs both religious life and daily normal life. It guides people on how to dress, what to eat and even how to help the needy in the community. Halakhal observers show their gratitude to God and bring sacredness into everyday life. Moreover, they provide a sense of Jewish identity.

The mitzvot

Although this term is sometimes widely used to refer to rabbinic law or general good deeds, it is a Hebrew word meaning commandments. For instance, someone can tell you ‘’it would be a mitzvah to help a needy child’’. However, the strictest meaning to this word would be to refer the divine commandments which were given by God in Torah.

Rabbinic law

Jewish law in addition to the 613 mitzvot incorporates a large body of rabbinical rules and laws. These laws are just as binding as the mitzvot. However, the punishment to violate these laws are less severe. Another difference between rabbinic law and the mitzvot laws is that rabbinical laws can be changes but the Torah mitzvot laws cannot be changed by any rabbi.

Jewish worship

The synagogue is the Jewish house of worship in the Jewish religion. The synagogue became central to religious life after the temple was lost. It replaces the ritual sacrifice with Torah readings, prayer, and teaching. The central characteristics of worship are the recitation of prayers often with instructions and commentary. These prayers can be found on the Siddur; the traditional Jewish prayer book.

In conclusion

If you compare the participation of Jewish culture to other forms of participation in Jewish life, Jewish culture is more widespread. Internet is increasingly becoming the sole source of information. If you want to learn more about Jewish culture on the internet, then setup VPN on Google wifi to protect yourself from prying eyes and hackers among other malicious attacks.