what do we mean by judaism/american judaism?

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The slideshow presentation offered on the first day of American Jewish Cultures class, Sept 27, 2011.

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  • 1. What is Judaism?
    Is it a religion, a culture, a nation, a people, a system of ethics, an ethnic group, a pre-requisite for making it as a successful comedian?

2. Its a religion
Its an ethnicity
One God
Universal Creator
Specific God of Israel
System of ethical and ritual laws & practices
Sacred homeland
Sacred texts
Torah and Hebrew Bible
Talmud, Midrash, Kabbalah
Holidays
Sacred narrative (Moses, etc.)
Common language(s)
Shared history
Shared rituals
Shared foods
Shared humor
Shared roots in a particular land
Sense of shared destiny
Shared physical appearance attributes
3. Ashkenazi Jews
(European descent)
Sephardi Jews
(trace roots back to Spain)
Mizrahi Jews
(Jews descending from the Middle East, North Africa, and Persian Gulf)
Ethiopian Jews
Sabras
Jews-by-choice
Jews adopted as children
4. Judaism is an
evolving
religious
civilization.
history
languages
Rabbi Mordecai M. Kaplan1881 - 1983
religion
cuisine
culture
homeland
humor
art & literature
5. Centers of Jewish civilization today
EUROPE
1,500,000
6. Jewish-Americans: population centers
7. Politics
8. Comedy
9. Hollywood
10. Different Ways of Analyzing or Surveying Contemporary American Jewish Cultures
11. By Movement/Philosophy
Conservative
Orthodox
Modern Orthodox
Haredi
Chabad
Other Hasidic Sects
Reconstructionist
Renewal
Just Jewish
Secular/Cultural
Reform
Humanistic
12. How the movements differ
Beliefs about Torah & Sacred Texts
Beliefs about God
Authority of Jewish law (halakhah)
Who has authority to determine halakhicdecisions or other decisions of ethics and ritual practice
Nature and purpose of the Jewish people
Ways of relating to modernity & the contemporary world
13. By Geographic Region
14. By Attitudes towards Israel
15. By Sub-ethnicity
16. By LGBT issues
17. By In-marriage/Intermarriage
18. By JBB or JBC