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35+ Interesting Facts About Judaism

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Judaism is the oldest among the three Abrahamic religions. It dates back to over 3000 years. Judaism is primarily composed of the people of Israel. Conversion from other faiths of non-Israeli people is usually not encouraged. Israeli Jews are divided into four main groups according to their religious and cultural affiliation. Around 50% are secular Jews (Hilonim) that give less importance to religion and more to culture. The smallest (9%) and the most religiously devoted group is Haredim. They reject military service and oppose Zionism. ( Source ) Jews can also be divided into ethical and geographical basis. These are Mizrahi (Middle Eastern) Jews, Ethiopian Jews, Ashkenazim (German and Northern French) Jews, and Sephardim (Iberian) Jews. ( Source ) The Jewish calendar is the oldest still in use. Its general usage started in the 9 th  Century BC. ( Source ) Temple Mount in Jerusalem is the holiest site in Judaism. Other sacred sites for Jews are the Western Wall, Mount Sinai, M

45 Interesting Facts About Christianity

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Christianity is the largest religion in the world, with more than 2.4 billion adherents (over 33% world population). All the European countries have a Christian majority population except Kosovo, Albania , Bosnia & Herzegovina, the Czech Republic, and Estonia. All the countries in the Americas (North America and South America ) have a Christian majority population. The  USA has the  largest Christian population in the world. ( Source ) Latin America and the Caribbean have the highest number of Roman Catholic Christians  worldwide. The Catholic Church established the office of the  Inquisition  to stop and punish heresy in Europe and South America. This practice started in the 12 th  Century and continued for centuries. These inquisitions resulted in the execution of numerous non-Catholic Christians, Jews, and Muslims. ( Source ) Most of the Christians in eastern and central Europe follow Eastern Orthodox Church .  Eastern Orthodox Church parted ways from Roman Catholic

30 Interesting Facts About Islam

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Islam is a pure  monotheistic religion  that teaches Allah (God) is the sole creator, the lord, all-powerful, merciful, eternal, and unique. With around 1.5 billion followers, Islam is the 2 nd largest religion in the world after Christianity. ( Source ) Islam is the  fastest-growing religion in the world. It can surpass Christianity as the largest religion in the second half of the 21 st Century if this trend continues. ( Source ) Holy Quran is the principal religious book of Islam. However, Islam accepts the original and unaltered Torah and Bible as texts from Allah . The Holy Quran is one of the most read religious books in the world. Millions of Muslims read it regularly. Apart from the Arabic text, translations in numerous languages are also available for Muslims and people of other faiths to read and understand the Quran. Islam recognizes all the prophets of Judaism and Christianity. But it emphasizes that all these prophets taught Islam. Contrary to Judaism, Isla

50+ Interesting Facts About Ancient Egypt

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Ancient Egypt is one of the six ancient civilizations collectively known as the  Cradle of Civilization . The Egyptian-Hittite peace treaty of 1259 BC is the first known peace treaty in history. ( Source ) Bread and beer were the  most significant food and drink  in Ancient Egypt. The consumption of beer was daily. Beer and wine were more popular than fruits and fruit juices. There are few signs of diseases like cancer , syphilis, and tooth decay in mummies of Ancient Egypt. But many  worms and other parasites  were seen while examining these mummies. ( Source ) Egyptians were the first to develop bed frames . Egyptians were the first to describe similarities between sleep and awakening. There were  sleep temples  in Ancient Egypt to heal various ailments. ( Source ) Egypt is the discovery place of the 2 nd  and 3 rd   oldest mathematics books . These books were written around 1850 BC and 1650 BC. Ancient Egypt is known for inventions Imhotep, born in Ancient Egypt in 27 th  Ce

45+ Interesting Facts About Israel

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Israel is the only Jewish-majority country in the world. The Ramon Crater in the Negev Desert of Israel is the  largest erosion crater . It was created 220 million years ago and has a length of 40 km. ( Source ) The oldest known hearth was discovered in an Israeli limestone cave. This  “first-ever fireplace”  was used in cooking meals 300,000 years ago. ( Source ) A jellyfish sting is lethal to humans. Israel has prepared the world’s first  jellyfish repellent, which can protect humans from this dangerous sting. ( Source ) Israel is known for several modern scientific inventions . A few of these inventions that have changed the world include PillCam (a digestible medical camera), the flexible stent (for opening arteries), Firewall software, USB flash disk, Watergen (a moisture farming device), and Waze GPS. ( Source ) Israel has received 12 Nobel prizes, including 4 in Chemistry and 2 in Economics. Until 2003, Israel was the top receiver of  US military funding . Israel has