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Judaism is the oldest monotheistic world religion to survive into present day. Its origin can be traced back 3,000 years to Abraham and the monotheistic covenant established between him and God as narrated in the Book of Genesis.

Although considered a world religion, Judaism does not fit neatly into conventional Western categories such as religion, ethnicity, or culture. This is partly because in Judaism’s more than 3,000-year history, Jews experienced slavery, anarchic and theocratic self-government, conquest, occupation, exile, the Holocaust, Diasporas, and the formation of a modern Jewish state, Israel.

Throughout this history, Jews have maintained traditions and customs even while adopting to local customs and languages around the world, although many Jews – even in Israel – consider themselves “culturally Jewish” in that they identify with their heritage as Jews but have no actual religious practice.

I missed feeling like a foreigner in my own land.
I feel like a High Holiday Jew facing the end of summer.
The Sugar Hill Gang, Run DMC, and Public Enemy = our Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
Seeing November’s father with long Hasidic sidecurls taped to his head makes me happy.
“Bow down to Zeus! Eat some of this pig flesh!"
How full-on Christmas can bring out the Chanukah in you.
At 3am Miriam and I awake, go outside, and watch Jerusalem become Jerusalem.
The end of a foreskin is not the end of the world.
Conflict in Jerusalem is not just between Jews and Arabs.
The usual travel vocabulary of micro-snapshots feels vapid and inadequate.
He would pound the table with his fist for good measure, and sing a little something in...
The old Hasid in his long black coat has invited over a friend for Torah study and a toke.
An interview with the author of "My Jesus Year."
In one of the holiest cities of the world, how can you paint mystical truths?
Venture on your own pilgrimage to these sacred cities around the world.