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What do they celebrate Do you have food Restrictions? How many prophets do they Believe in?

Answer written 15th February 2021 on by:

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Jewish people celebrate many special festivals throughout the year. One of the next festivals many Jewish people will celebrate is Passover (in Hebrew: Pesach). Passover takes place between March and April. This is a very important festival that celebrates and remembers the freedom of the Jewish people. During Passover, many people will remember the story of the Exodus (when Moses, with G-d’s help, freed the Israelites from Egypt), they will eat symbolic foods and say important prayers. This is one of many festivals in Judaism.

Food Restrictions

There are food restrictions that many Jewish people adhere to. There are many food laws in the Torah (the Jewish peoples’ holy scroll) that dictate what you should and should not eat. We call these laws the Kashrut Laws. More commonly, however, people will refer to the adherence of these laws as ‘keeping kosher.’ An example of one of these laws from the Torah is:

“These you may eat of all that live in water you may eat anything that has fins and scales. But you may not eat anything that has no fins and scales.” (Deut.14:9)

This is often interpreted to mean that you can eat fish, but should not eat shellfish.

Not all Jewish people follow these laws now, but many do.

Prophets and Prophetesses

The Talmud tells us that there were 48 prophets and seven prophetesses including Moses, Abraham and Miriam.

Is it true that Jewish parents aren't supposed to name their children after their own parents?

Answer written 13th November 2017 on by:

Some Jewish people do name their babies after a relative who is still alive, but many Jewish people follow the tradition of not naming a child after a living relative, particularly those relatives who are young. This means that you rarely find Jewish children named after their own parents.

Traditions and customs form an important part of Jewish life and this depends on your family beliefs and practices. When it comes to baby naming, Ashkenazi tradition is almost entirely to name the baby only after a relative who has already died, while some Sephardic traditions allow for naming the baby after an elder relative. Generally speaking however, no Jewish tradition supports naming the baby after their own living parents.


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