Jewish Names and More

Jewish culture has had a huge influence on the world we live in. A race that has suffered from diaspora time and time again, its culture can be seen throughout the world. Jews and those of Jewish ancestry are known to exist in Europe, the USA, Australia, South Africa and countless other nations across the world. As the millennia went on, Judaism as a religion and Jewish identity, as a culture, has produced countless people who have excelled in certain areas. Subjects like science, the arts, the humanities and other areas of academic interest have their own prominent Jewish figures. These include individuals such as Albert Einstein, who managed to escape the terror of Hitler’s regime in Germany. As a result, Jewish children’s names and Jewish surnames are very common. Jewish baby names are taken not only by those of Jewish ancestry, but also by others. There are, in fact, countless Hebrew names from the Bible and the Torah which are quite common today. Names such as Hannah and Emmett are straight from Biblical lore and are popular among people in Britain and in many English speaking countries. In other places, such as Russia, the name “Hannah” is translated as [&hellip

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Posted by Darrick - October 31, 2012 at 5:20 am

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Some Common Jewish Traditions and Symbols

The Jewish people set themselves apart from the societies they inhabit by practicing certain traditions. These Jewish traditions can include dietary restrictions or observances of certain days that they consider to be sacred or worth remembering. Many of these holidays are based on wars and remembrances of past mistreatment of their people. One of these traditions is to welcome their children into adulthood through the practice of a Bar Mitzvah or Bat Mitzvah. This celebration is held at 13 for boys and at age 12 for girls. This celebration can be coupled with a celebration at the synagogue that is called a confirmation. During this time, the children are to become responsible for the observation of the commandments. Before this age, children are encouraged to observe the commandments in order to grow, but they are not responsible to do so. In modern times, many children learn the haftarah portion of the Torah, rather than reciting a simple blessing. They also learn the traditional chant that is a part of this section of their holy book. The father of the child will thank their God that they are no longer responsible for the sins of their children. This is because it [&hellip

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Posted by Darrick - October 31, 2012 at 5:19 am

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How to Fight the Stereotypes Surrounding the Jewish Nose

At one point in time, there was intense hate against the Jewish nose. This was especially the case with women. For many generations, young Jewish girls would get rhinoplasties just in the hope of landing a decent husband. Men would also undergo these procedures trying to look more attractive. Fortunately, with all of the fighting against Jewish discrimination, there is an increase of people that are not getting these surgeries. This trend has affected American society as a whole. As it stands now, 37 percent of Americans received fewer nose jobs in 2011. However, even with this phenomenon, there are still people that hate what is perceived to be the Jewish nose. To convince these individuals how wrong they are, it is recommended that they take a look at Jewish men and women. There are many pictures on the Internet that show how attractive these people really are. These proud individuals serve as the ultimate testament to inner beauty. One should also remember that racism does play a part in why Jewish noses receive the type of attention that they do. When rhinoplasties were more common in the Jewish community, the people of that time wanted to achieve the WASP [&hellip

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Posted by Darrick - October 31, 2012 at 5:18 am

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Understanding the Hebrew Calendar

The Hebrew calendar also known as the Jewish calendar is predominantly used by Jewish religious observers. It is ideally used to determine a number of things. These include the dates at which Hebrew months have holidays, the appropriate dates of Torah, daily psalm reading among many other ceremonies associated with the Jews religion. It also determines the best times for agriculture. The calendar is based on the cycles of moon phase which is adjusted by including a thirteenth month in certain years. This addition of a 13th month is meant to synchronize the lunar cycles with the solar year. The current Hebrew Calendar 2012 commenced in 16th September 2012 and will continue up to 4th September 2013. It is also known as the year 5773 and has 12 months. The number of months every year changes between 12 and 13. The reason why these numbers keep changing is because of the number of days making up a month of a lunar calendar. Ideally, a month has about 29.53 days, meaning that a typical Hebrew calendar would be 11 or 12 days less compared to the normal calendar that amounts to 365 days a year. Understanding this calendar enables an individual [&hellip

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Posted by Darrick - October 31, 2012 at 5:16 am

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What Does Eating Kosher Mean?

You may have heard the term “kosher” before when it comes to food. You may have seen kosher option on an airplane or a wedding menu. Most people know that it relates to the Jewish faith and the set of rules that they follow when it comes to eating. The word kosher is a Hebrew word that essentially means “suitable or “pure” and it is used to describe many things including the foods that Jewish people are allowed to eat within their doctrine. There are specific meats and other food types that Jewish people have to avoid to remain pure and stay within the guidelines of the Jewish faith. What does Kosher mean? Meat In the Torah it is said that there are certain types of animal’s meat that should not be eaten. These are outlined in the book of Leviticus and Deuteronomy says that you can eat any animal that chews cud and has cloven hooves. It says that you cannot eat animals that only have one or the other. Some of the most well-known animals that are banned from being eaten under kosher guidelines are rabbit and pig. Almost all fish is allowed under a kosher diet. There [&hellip

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Posted by Darrick - October 31, 2012 at 5:14 am

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