Ju·​da·​ism ˈjü-dē-ˌi-zəm How to pronounce Judaism (audio) ˈjü-də- How to pronounce Judaism (audio) ˈjü-(ˌ)dā- How to pronounce Judaism (audio)
 British also  ˈjü-ˌdi-zəm
: a religion developed among the ancient Hebrews and characterized by belief in one transcendent God who has revealed himself to Abraham, Moses, and the Hebrew prophets and by a religious life in accordance with Scriptures and rabbinic traditions
: the cultural, social, and religious beliefs and practices of the Jews
: conformity to Jewish rites, ceremonies, and practices
: the whole body of Jews : the Jewish people

Examples of Judaism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web That area of Jerusalem’s Old City is considered one of the world’s holiest sites because of its significance to all three Abrahamic religions: Christianity, Islam and Judaism. NBC News, 19 Feb. 2024 Rabbi Jules Harlow, a liturgist who brought a poet’s sensibility and a musician’s cadence to the style of prayer in Conservative Judaism for much of the second half of the 20th Century, died on Feb. 12. Ari L. Goldman, New York Times, 19 Feb. 2024 The statist project was avowedly secular—the endgame was the construction of a new Hebrew culture to supplant Judaism as a religion—and observant communities generally wanted no part of it. Gideon Lewis-Kraus, The New Yorker, 15 Feb. 2024 However, Islam is the world’s second-largest religion, with over 1.9 billion followers, and is the third-largest religion in the U.S. after Christianity and Judaism. Marina Johnson, The Courier-Journal, 14 Feb. 2024 Wise, born in Bohemia and trained in Germany, came to Cincinnati with plans to modify Judaism in America, and spearheaded what became known as American Reform Judaism. Jeff Suess, The Enquirer, 21 Jan. 2024 Other groups with a common set of beliefs, such as religious institutions, encourage values – such as compassion and generosity – that benefit society as a whole, according to Hassan, who practices Judaism and has found comfort in his faith. Jeanine Santucci, USA TODAY, 20 Jan. 2024 As a freethinker who had run afoul of both Judaism and Christianity, Spinoza knew that bigotry and fanaticism weren’t just imposed on the people; they were also imposed by the people. Adam Kirsch, The New Yorker, 5 Feb. 2024 What do Burning Man, Alcoholics Anonymous, Hasidic Judaism, deaf culture, raves and stand-up comedy have in common? Ethan Shanfeld, Variety, 30 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of Judaism was in the 14th century

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“Judaism.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Judaism. Accessed 28 Feb. 2024.

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: a religion developed among the ancient Hebrews that stresses belief in one God and faithfulness to the laws of the Old Testament
: the beliefs and practices of the Jews

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