Culture

Culture includes religion but is not necessarily subservient to it. Jewish culture—Jewish food, Jewish jokes, Jewish clothing, Jewish languages–emerged in dialogue with internal religious restrictions and the external surrounding environment throughout the times and places Jews lived. Holidays and life cycle events evolved through the centuries to respond to new beliefs and circumstances, as they do even to this day. Jews were made by Jewish culture, but Jewish culture was also made by the Jews, and thus can be changed, even transformed, by them as they see fit.