Frequently Asked Questions on Jews & Judaism
I haven’t gotten around to writing down all the responses yet. Feel free to add answers or more questions if the mood strikes!
Faith & beliefs
- Why don’t Jews believe in Jesus?
- Did the Jews kill Jesus?
- How Jewish was Jesus?
- Do Jews believe in God?
- Who is the Jewish Messiah?
- Do Jews believe in hell? Do Jews believe in the afterlife?
- What is the Torah?
- What is the Tanakh? What is the difference between Old Testament & Tanakh?
- Is the God of the Old Testament the same God as the God of the New Testament?
- Are Jews legalistic? How can Jews follow a different set of “laws” and still be Americans?
- What Jewish holidays are the equivalent of each Christian holiday?
- Is Judaism sexist?
- What does kosher mean? Is kosher food blessed by rabbis?
- Why are Jewish males circumcised? Are Jews circumcised at their Bar Mitzvah?
- Is a synagogue a Jewish church?
- What’s mass like at the Jewish Church?
- Is a rabbi a Jewish priest?
- What’s in that box Jews put on their doorposts?
- What are those leather strings and the little black boxes Jews wear for some prayers?
- Why do Orthodox Jews wear so much black?
- Why did Moses have horns?
- Is it true that, according to Jewish law, Jews with tatoos may not be buried in a Jewish cemetery?
- What is anti-Semitism?
- What are the protocols of the elders of Zion?
- What is a blood libel?
- Why are there so many Jews in Hollywood?
- What’s up with Jews and money?
- What is Zionism? Why is Zionism often equated with racism?
- Are all Jews Israelis?
- Why do Jews support the state of Israel?
- Do orthodox Jews cut a hole in a sheet and place that between them when they have sex?
- Was Hitler Jewish?
- My personal favorite: Where can I meet a Jew?