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Refers to any set of beliefs of any community or nation, concerning the cause, nature, and purpose of life and the universe, especially when considered as the creation of a supernatural or divine agency.

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Beta Israel

Religion; Judaism

The black Jews of Ethiopia, sometimes referred to as Falashas. See Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jews.


Religion; Judaism

Yiddish: bless. To recite a blessing. Usually refers to the recitation of the birkat ha-mazon (grace after meals). See Prayers and Blessings; Common Prayers and Blessings.


Religion; Judaism

1) Son of Jacob (Israel). Ancestor of one of the tribes of Israel; 2) The tribe that bears his name.


Religion; Judaism

Judaism has no dogma, no formal set of beliefs that one must hold to be a Jew. In Judaism, actions are far more important than beliefs, although there is certainly a place for ...

Beit Shammai

Religion; Judaism

Lit. House of Shammai. A school of thought during the Talmudic period, generally contrasted with the more lenient, humanistic views of Beit Hillel.

beit midrash

Religion; Judaism

Lit. House of study. A place set aside for study of sacred texts such as the Torah and the Talmud, generally a part of the synagogue or attached to it.

beit knesset

Religion; Judaism

Lit. House of assembly. A Hebrew term for a synagogue.