To be Jewish, one needs to have been born to a Jewish mother - or to convert.
Judaism is not heavy with doctrine but has 613 commandments - all but three of which can and should be broken when life is in peril.
Most Jews would probably consider Orthodoxy the most 'authentic' denomination, but even among Orthodox, there are variations in observance, as well as in extent of integration into general society.
Generally, Conservative Judaism is egalitarian in its approach to both rights and religious obligations, is opposed to intermarriage, and believes in traditional Sabbath observance.
The Reform movement believes Judaism should reflect life in modern times, and introduce innovation and embrace diversity when it comes to Jewish belief and practice.
From the ketubah to the chuppah, here's everything you need to know about the traditional Jewish wedding ceremony.
The synagogue is for Jews what the church is for Christians and the mosque for Muslims – or is it?
Rabbis' Round Table
Threatened by a 'new world' of partnership minyans, women rabbis and an egalitarian prayer space at the Western Wall, Orthodox rabbis are taking more stringent stances in areas where their predecessors once showed leniency.
The Jewish Thinker
When a key donor spoke truth to powerful rabbis, he set an example of what Jewish giving should be about.