There are some beliefs that the Japanese and the Jews have a common ancestry. According to the Japanese-Jewish theory, the Japanese people were among the ten lost tribes of Israel. There is also a belief that the Japanese are descendants of the Jews. The Jews and the Japanese reached the United States from different directions. The Jews entered The US from the East while the Japanese entered through from the West. The two also came from different religious backgrounds. According to the Jews, God was the supreme being and they were expected to follow His commandments. Religion was therefore very core in their culture (Lam, 2020).
The Japanese background was based on the way of nature. Their culture laid emphasis on the spiritual way of life but it also accommodated and tolerated other faiths. The most renowned Japanese faiths include Shintoism and Buddhism. Shintoism is the type of religion where the Japanese believe that gods are represented by natural environments such as trees, rivers, and mountains. They believe that cleanliness is very important in spirituality and thus whenever they get into the shrines, they must first wash their hands as a sign of respect (Lam, 2020). The Jews’ development in almost over 4000 years, the Jewish people and their faith has remarkably adapted to the current issues and transformations that are occurring. The Jews have come across several diverse civilizations in their existence including the ancient Babylon and Egypt and Western Christianity and the modern culture. The Jews have been able to adopt some of the foreign traditions into their culture over the years and incorporated them into their own social and religious system. This happens without altering their own culture and tradition. There have been several periods in Jewish history and each period has left behind a Judaic heritage that has greatly influenced the following developments. This means that the Jewish heritage is a combination of several other heritages which some adjustments to it for purposes of conforming to the current times (Krakover, 2017).
In health matters, the Japanese look at healthcare from a religious perspective. Shintoism considers illnesses dirty and impure. According to the Japanese, children must take care of their parents whenever they get old. In as much as the Japanese have embraced the modern medicines from the West, they still have faith in their traditional medicines which they use to treat trivial illnesses. There is a very famous healing method called Kampo whereby the Japanese use traditional herbs for purposes of restoring the flow of Qi. The Japanese believe that their spirits called Kokoro are located on the thorax and therefore they do not accept heart transplants as they believe that the process of the heart transplant would be disturbing the spirits (Mackey et al. 2020).
On the other hand, according to the Jews, life is the most important as compared to the rest of the considerations. The Jews believe that life is given by God and therefore it must be safeguarded. The Jews use wisdom in the treatment of illnesses, this is a practice that has been there for a long period. Jewish heritage greatly values health. The persons that are in power are obligated to ensure that their citizens are in good health. The Jewish believe that the best way to preserve life is by preventing the contraction of illnesses. According to them to prevent these illnesses, people must consider their nutrition practices (Stone & Lynch, 2018). There is a Jewish prayer that the Jews believe is the most powerful tool of healing.
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