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1. Do you have any article or papers relating to "Compare and Contrast Celebratory rituals in Judaism"?

I take it that you have already located an article for Islam celebratory rituals, as you are only asking for an article on Judaism. I did locate an article describing the celebratory rituals in Judaism. However, most articles will describe the celebratory rituals in Judaism, and in this way are comparing them, but they do not say things like in comparison or in contrast, because each ritual plays an essential part of Judaism and Judaism's history.

However, it is pretty straightforward to write a compare and contrast using the information from an article that describes the celebratory rituals as briefly shown below. The article excerpt is downloaded which fully describes the Holidays and Celebratory rituals in Judaism, which you can use to continue your comparison and contrasts. It will only be a matter of inserting your Islam information to make your comparisons between the two world religions (adding words like, in contrast, similarly, in comparison, on the other hand, and so on).

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Article Excerpts:

Jewish celebratory holidays in Judaism center around important events and stories in Jewish history. Jewish holy days celebrate central themes in the relationship between God and the world, such as creation, revelation, and redemption. For example, the Passover celebrates the liberation of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The final plague that was sent by God to punish the Egyptians "passed over" the Jews. A celebratory meal is eaten during Passover. On the other hand, Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement. It is a time for reflection upon the sins one has committed over the year. Yom Kippur is both a quiet reflective time and a time to rejoice in God's mercy.

In comparison, the Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights. This is NOT the Jewish form of Christmas! Hanukkah is an eight-day Jewish holiday that celebrates an event that happened in 165 B.C. in which the Jewish temple in Jerusalem was re-dedicated. However, there was not enough oil for the menorah (the candlesticks) which was supposed to burn throughout the week. A miracle occurred and somehow the oil lasted through the week until extra oil was found. Hanukkah celebrates this miracle. On the other hand, the Bar Mitzvah is celebrating the coming of age ceremony for a 13 year old boy in the Jewish faith. The new adults read from the Torah (the Hebrew Bible) and lead the congregation in prayer. Bat Mitzvah is the same ceremony, but for girls. In comparison, Brit Milah is the ritual circumcision of male babies. This event takes place when the baby boy is eight days old and is presided over by a Jewish rabbi (priest). (http://www.beverlyjweber.com/judaism.html).

For making other comparisons (there is some overlap, as the above writing is to illustrate comparisons and contrast), see the following article excerpt (full article is attached):

ARTICLE EXCERPT:

Jewish holy days and rituals

Jewish holy days celebrate central themes in the relationship between God and the world, such as creation, revelation, and redemption.

Shabbat

Shabbat, the weekly day of rest lasting from shortly before sundown on Friday night to shortly after sundown Saturday night, commemorates God's day of rest after six days of creation.[15] It plays a pivotal role in Jewish practice and is governed by a large corpus of religious law. At sundown on Friday, the woman of the house welcomes the Shabbat by lighting two or more candles and reciting a blessing. The evening meal begins with the Kiddush, a blessing recited aloud over a cup of wine, and the Mohtzi, a ...

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