Torah and Judaism

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The Torah is the sacred text of the Jewish people, who follow the religion of Judaism. It is made up of five books, which are also called the Five Books of Moses. There are other books that Jews also consider to be sacred, called the Prophets and the Writings. Together they are known as the Tenakh.
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Overview

The Torah is the sacred text of the Jewish people, who follow the religion of Judaism. It is made up of five books, which are also called the Five Books of Moses. There are other books that Jews also consider to be sacred, called the Prophets and the Writings. Together they are known as the Tenakh.
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For Jews around the globe, the Torah is the centerpiece of religious faith. Written on parchment scrolls that, if fully unfolded, would be as long as a football field, the Torah contains the central spiritual tenets of a faith that is followed by approximately thirteen million people. Crafted by specially trained copyists who must strictly follow guidelines as to making corrections, not allowing letters to touch, and making no typos, the Torah is a spiritual document that has a history spanning back to the Ten Commandments. In The Torah and Judaism, writer Vivienne Cato touches upon the history, nature, and place of this spiritual text in the religion of its adherents. A part of the six-volume "Sacred Texts" series, this book combines a well-written narrative with insightful structure. This is a book that will introduce readers to the central beliefs of Judaism while also affording a glimpse into a spiritual world that is both rich and historic in nature. 2004, Smart Apple Media, Ages 10 to 14.
— Greg M. Romaneck
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-These discussions of sacred texts focus primarily on structure and content with only limited information on their use by Christians and Jews in rites of passage, in the home, and in worship. The titles are colorful and attractive, and include many quotations. While this material is worthwhile, so much is omitted that what's left is abbreviated and disappointing. Brown doesn't explain where the term "Bible" originated, gives only a limited history of the text and its original languages, and doesn't cover translations or book/chapter/verse designations. There's no list of Old and New Testament books or the categories they fall into (e.g., law, prophets, writings). There is little on Christian celebrations and their connection to biblical accounts, and no mention of Communion. Many words in the glossary are poorly defined, and there are internal inconsistencies and at least one outright error (the Baptist Church does not baptize "only adults"). Torah ignores the Talmud and other rabbinical writings, and refers to Jesus with no explanation. Although Cato states that nearly all Jewish festivals "come from the Torah," only Shavuot, Simchath Torah, and Pesach are mentioned. Because of their limited focus, these titles cannot be used as substitutes for general books on the religions. Sue Penney's Christianity and Judaism (both Heinemann Library, 2000) are recommended instead. Sharon Barron's Moses and Judaism also provides an excellent introduction and Alan Brown's Jesus and Christianity (both Smart Apple, 2002) offers much more detail on Jesus's life and Christianity today.-Ann W. Moore, Schenectady County Public Library, NY Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780237536381
  • Publisher: Evans, M. & Company, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/28/2008

Table of Contents

Introduction: The Torah 6
Origins
The Torah is given on Mount Sinai 8
The history of the Jews 10
Structure and Contents
The contents of the Torah 12
Writing the Torah 14
Message and Teachings
What the Torah teaches 16
Looking after other people 18
Daily Life and Worship
At home 20
At the synagogue 22
Torah festivals 24
Study and Reading
The importance of study 26
Glossary 28
Index 30
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