Religions of a Single God - A Critical Introduction to Monotheisms from Judaism to Baha'i - Zeba A. Crook

Religions of a Single God - A Critical Introduction to Monotheisms from Judaism to Baha'i - Zeba A. Crook

Chapter 8: Jewish Practice and Holy Days

Religions of a Single God - A Critical Introduction to Monotheisms from Judaism to Baha'i - Zeba A. Crook

Zeba A. Crook [+-]
Carleton University
Zeba A. Crook is Professor of Religious Studies at Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada. He is a specialist in early Christianity and Graeco-Roman culture, but was drawn to the study of religion more broadly, and the study of these three religions in particular by teaching it. That his course on Judaism, Christianity, and Islam at Carleton University has attracted an average of six hundred students per year since he arrived there in 2003 shows the enduring interest in this material among young adults.

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Discussing thousands of years of Jewish practices would be impossible in so short a survey, so this chapter focuses on modern Jewish practices, though some of the practices do go back thousands of years. Understanding religious practice is important because much can be expressed in practice, such as one’s understanding of God and one’s relationship with competing groups, whether inside or outside of the religion, whether majority or minority. In addition, practice is one of the key ways that communal identity is expressed. This chapter summarizes some common Jewish practices and the widely observed Holy Days. Finally, to speak of practice is also to speak of Jewish culture, Jewish homes, and Jewish life.

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Crook, Zeba. Chapter 8: Jewish Practice and Holy Days. Religions of a Single God - A Critical Introduction to Monotheisms from Judaism to Baha'i. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 193-216 May 2019. ISBN 9781781798065. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=36417. Date accessed: 17 Nov 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.36417. May 2019

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