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
As Canada's parliament debates definitions of Islamophobia, we Canadian Jews must beware equally the shrill voices who dismiss anti-Muslim bigotry - and also those who whitewash Islamic extremism
The Jewish Thinker
This Memorial Day, we may share a deep respect for our soldiers, but Americans do not honor ours with the sense of collective responsibility that Israelis do for theirs