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Is Judaism composed of many small religions or one underlying religionJudaism or JudaismsIt has been argued that Judaism can be seen not only as a singlereligion but as a group of similar religions It has also beenpointed-out that through all the trials and tribulations that Judaismhas suffered through that there have been common themes that haveproven omni-pervasive Any institution with roots as ancient and variedas the religion of the Jews is bound to have a few variationsespecially when most of its history takes place in the political andtheological hot spot of the Middle East In this discussion many facets of Judaism will be examined primarilyin the three temporal subdivisions labeled the Tribal Pre-MonarchyPeriod the Divided Monarchy and the Hasmonean Maccabean and RomanEra Among all the time periods where the religion has been splitthese three seem to be the most representative of the forcesresponsible As for a common thread seen throughout all Judiasms the area of focushere is the place associated with the religion Jerusalem This topicwill be covered in detail first and then the multiple Judaism argumentswill be presented In this way it is possible to keep a common focusin mind when reading about all the other situations in which thereligion has found itself A brief conclusion follows the discussion A Place to Call HomeNo other religion has ever been so attached to its birthplace asJudaism Perhaps this is because Jews have been exiled and restrictedfrom this place for most of their history Jerusalem is not only hometo Judaism but to the Muslim and Christian religions as wellHistorically this has made it quite a busy place for the various groups Jerusalem is where the temple of the Jews once stood the only place onthe whole Earth where one could leave the confines of day to day lifeand get closer to God In 586 BCE when the temple was destroyed no Jewwould have denied Jerusalem as being the geographic center of thereligion From
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