Site Last Updated:
October 2, 2016
Welcome to Judaism 101!
Judaism 101 is an online encyclopedia of Judaism, covering Jewish beliefs,
people, places, things, language, scripture, holidays, practices and customs.
My goal is to make freely available a wide variety of basic, general
information about Judaism, written from a traditional perspective in plain
English. This web site has grown continually for more than 10 years and
continues to be updated periodically.
information in this site is written predominantly from the
Orthodox viewpoint, because I believe that is a
good starting point for any inquiry into Judaism. As recently as 300 years ago,
this was the only Judaism, and it still is the only Judaism in many parts of
the world. Be aware, however, that many Jews do not follow all of the
traditions described here, or do not follow them in the precise form described
here. The Conservative movement believes
that these laws and traditions can change to suit the times, and
Reform/Liberal/Progressive movements believe
that individuals can make choices about what traditions to follow. However,
what I present here is the starting point, the traditions that are being
changed or chosen. On some pages, I have identified variations in practice or
belief in other movements.
Everything in this web site is free to use or distribute in any way, with three
conditions: 1) if you use text, graphics or sound from this site, please credit
this site; 2) do not redistribute this information for profit; 3) do not
"mirror" this site or copy pages from this site for use on other web sites. For
further details, please see my copyright page.
Where to Start
There are over eighty web pages on this site, comprising over 300 pages of
text, a virtual book of information on Judaism. That's a lot of information!
Where should you start? That depends on what you're looking for:
- Just browsing?
- If you're not sure what you're looking for, and you just want to see what's
available on this site, look through the Table of
- Looking for something specific?
- If you are looking for something specific, I have a
Search Engine for this site. Enter a term and it will
search the glossary and index, giving you quick definitions and explanations,
and pointing you to appropriate pages in this site.
- Beginner, Intermediate or Advanced?
Judaism 101 was originally created as an introduction to Judaism for people
with little or no knowledge. But like the
Passover seder, this site now includes
information for the wise son, who wants to know the ritual details; the simple
son, who asks simple questions; and the son who does not know what to ask (the
wicked son can go someplace else <grin>). All pages are now labeled
that every Jewish person should know, that require no prior knowledge
Intermediate: Beyond the basics
Advanced: More sophisticated
Gentile: The minimal
things that Jews expect gentiles to know. There is only one page in this
category so far (about the holidays) but there may be one or two more in the
- Want to see what's new?
- If you've been here before and just want to see what's new on the site, try
the What's Nu? page, a chronological list of additions and
significant changes to pages in this site.
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