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When did the Jewish faith begin, and who started it?


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Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Welcome. I'll be with you in a moment...what's on your mind?

Californian: When did the Jewish faith begin- approximate year?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Judaism as an official religon began 3319 years ago (this year being 5767, 2007).

Californian: Also who started the Jewish faith?

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: Judaism didn't start like other religions where you had one individual, be it Jesus or Muhamud, who claimed to have a revelation and then started a faith... in Judaism every Jew witnessed the revelation of G-d at siani

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: and that is when Judaism began as a religion. Before that they were a people, decsendants of Abraham, who is the father (not the founder) of Judaism

Californian: thanks

Rabbi Shlomo Chein: sure

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Posted by: Anonymous, Peterborough, England on Sep 26, 2005

Many thanks for the help on the question asked.
First Jew, and first of our three Patriarchs. Born into a pagan society in Mesepotamia in 1812 BCE, he discovered monethieism on his own. He was told by G-d to journey to the Land of Canaan where he and his wife Sarah would give birth to the Jewish People.
It is forbidden to erase or deface the name of G-d. It is therefore customary to insert a dash in middle of G-d's name, allowing us to erase or discard the paper it is written on if necessary.