Judaism is a fascinating religious and cultural identity that goes back thousands of years. In fact, Judaism is the world's oldest surviving monotheistic religion, dating back over 5,000 years. Today, there are estimated to be about 14-15 million Jewish people living around the world. They can mostly be found in Israel and the United States, but smaller communities exist on almost every continent.
Jewish people have a rich cultural and religious tradition which involves several unique holidays. It's the oldest of the Abrahamic religions, which includes both Christianity and Islam. Despite being related to these faiths and sharing some similarities with them, Judaic beliefs and festivals are incredibly different. While Muslims and Religious Jews both do not eat pork for religious reasons, Eid and Purim are very different celebrations! While many faiths celebrate some version of a midwinter festival, due to their shared pagan roots, Hanukkah is the roughly the Jewish equivalent of Christmas, and it lasts for over a week! However, there is a lot more to Jewish religious ritual and celebration than gift giving at Hanukkah.
If you think you know when to leave out the cup of wine for Elijah, try your luck at this Jewish Holidays quiz!