1. Every religion we encounter has fundamental beliefs or practices that set it apart and make it unique. What are these fundamental features of Judaism? Think of your answer as what you would tell a friend who is interested in the characteristics of the practitioners of this religion.
2. A seminal event in Jewish history was the Babylonian captivity. In many ways it has led to the variation and beliefs of modern Judaism. Part of that development is the synagogue system which is a dramatic change from the temple system. Priests replaced by rabbis. Aside from the obvious historical reasons for the establishment of synagogues, how have they affected the variation and practice of Judaism today?
3. Building upon that difference, how would you distinguish between orthodox, conservative and reformed Jews? Think of your explanation as something you would tell another student. Do not simply do an internet search and write down a definition. How are they different from each other? The theoretical distinction can be found in other religions as well.
4. Let us return to the Hebrew canon. It was developed over a long period of time. Is it inspired by god or is it the actual word of god? Why is it necessary for a religious canon to develop over such a long period of time? Not all do. Are all parts equally important? When do you determine the “closing of the canon” to further additions?
5. Go back to the United States Holocaust museum website httpslAvww.ushmm.org and review some of the images of the exhibits. Describe the effect on you of any one image that you encounter.



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