5 Interesting facts About Jewish People You Probably Didn’t Know

Jews, often known as the Jewish people, are ethnoreligious people that originated in ancient Israel and Judah. In other words, a person considered a Jew is any person belonging to the worldwide group that constitutes Judaism.

According to Wikipedia, “Jews originated as an ethnic and religious group in the Middle East during the second millennium BCE, in a part of the Levant known as the Land of Israel. The Merneptah Stele of ancient Egypt appears to confirm the existence of a people of Israel somewhere in Canaan as far back as the 13th century BCE (Late Bronze Age).”

Let’s Learn Some facts About Jewish People (Jews)


  • Judaism goes beyond religion

Judaism is an ethnicity, a political movement, and a culture. Judaism is more than just a religion. In the same way as Europeans, Asians, and Africans are separate from one another as a group, Jews are their own people with a unique ethnic identity. They employ their own alphabet and language for both secular and religious reasons, unlike other religions.

  • Judaism Is Based on the Torah

The Torah, often known as the Five Books of Moses, serves as the cornerstone for all Jewish beliefs, customs, and academic pursuits. The Prophets and Writings are the next (Neviim and Ketuvim in Hebrew). They combine to create the Written Torah, also known as the Hebrew Bible. God (via His prophets) gave us these written writings as well as oral traditions that explain and decipher their occasionally obscure teachings. The Midrash and Talmud were created by compiling these oral traditions. Without the Oral Torah, the Written Torah cannot be properly comprehended.

  • Jews, Hebrews, and Israelites Are the Same People

Hebrew is the name given to Abraham, the patriarch of the Jewish people. God renamed his grandson Jacob to Israel, and his descendants were referred to as the People (“Children”) of Israel. Over time, the majority of Israelites residing in the Land of Israel were descendants of King David from the tribe of Judah, and they adopted the name Yehudim (Jews). Generally speaking, these three names can be used interchangeably depending on the situation.

  • The Jewish People Began as Slaves in Egypt

The book of Exodus describes how the Jewish people were once held as slaves in Egypt before being set free by G-d (through his agent Moses, who brought 10 plagues upon the Egyptians). Jewish people have developed empathy for others who are less fortunate as a result of this formative experience, which also helped them to accept the Torah’s communal morality, which places compassion for strangers and charitable giving (called tzedakah) at its core.

  • Women Are King (Queen)

The Jewish woman is the conduit through which Judaism is transferred; it is a tradition that is passed down from one generation to the next. The women were the first group to whom G-d revealed the Torah at Mount Sinai.

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