Compare Japanese And Jewish Heritage

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Heritage is defined as the inherited traditions and cultures that a group of individuals practices. All communities in the world have their heritage of identifying themselves. Japan is among communities with a rich cultural heritage. Another community with a rich heritage is the Jews. Both the Jews and the Japanese originated from different parts of the world. The Japanese culture is like the one in Asian society. It is mostly characterized by innovations and a firm boundary of culture that originates from ancient times (Munro, 2016).

Jews came from Europe and settled on the coast of the Atlantic while the Japanese came from Asia and settled on the Pacific coast. Jews and the Japanese have different religious beliefs. The Jews were a monotheistic religion where God expected them to obey His commandments. Religion was their identity element in their collective self-identity. The Japanese, on the other hand, had a polytheistic way of life that was oriented by nature. Their religion gave room for several spiritual faiths and had some demands. The Japanese could adopt Shinto or Buddhism under different circumstances without affecting their self-collectiveness (Pol & Thomas, 2012).

The majority of the Jews today follow the western Gregorian calendars apart from when they are celebrating their religious ceremonies where they follow the traditional Jewish calendar. In Japan, when the calendar of the west was adopted, all holidays moved back by one and a half months, and there were no witnessed protests. When the Japanese and the Jews adopted western culture, they did not embrace Christianity, but they rejected the Western religion due to various factors. Jews rejected Christianity because adopting it would mean abandoning their Jewish people and betraying their families and friends. The Japanese, on the other hand, rejected Christianity because religion was not very essential for them; thus, they had no reason to adopt a new faith, which would limit them from worshipping their gods. Jews in America did not change their Judaism religion. At the same time, the Japanese in America adopted the faith of their host country because the same way they would worship a local Deity in Japan. Jews had the tradition of living in foreign countries and moving from one place to another. Jews did not arrive in the United States from their country as the Japanese did; they were from another land they referred to as exile. The Japanese lived in a sovereign and independent state (Munro, 2016).

The two heritage have some cultural beliefs which influence the delivery of healthcare. In Japan’s cultural heritage, they support and value creativity and innovation. This has enabled them to develop vital technologies of treatments. Due to their innovation and their advancement in technology, many foreigners visit their health care facilities.  They are also accepting foreign candidates to study nursing in Japan. It has developed into a global society with culturally competent nursing care, which is growing more and more vital in the world. Nurses who study and practice nursing in Japan have to first realize their own bias for them to practice culturally competent care for patients with various cultural backgrounds (Piven, 2002).

Jewish tradition educates that human life is the most valuable thing, and taking care of life surpasses all other considerations. Jews believe that God created Human beings with the knowledge and ability to partner with him in making the world a better place. All self-governing communities of the Jews have always set up systems that ensure that every member of the community has access to health care. In the past, doctors were required to reduce the medical fees for indigent patients, and if this was not enough, communal subsidies were given to the poor. American Reform Jews, who are a community of faith, have at all times supported the coverage of universal health care. One of their text mentions that if a physician holds back his services, it is considered bloodshed. Their traditions obligate that all citizens should receive health care services (Shillony, 2012).


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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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