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I learned algebra when I was 13 years old. It’s been a long time and I’ve completed more complicated math classes since, but I’ll never forget the simplicity of algebra.

Now, don’t panic if the sound of math seems intimidating. There’s *only* one equation you need to know:

**X + Y = Judaism**

X and Y are called variables and represent unknown numbers that add up to another number. In a normal math equation, for example, we would see something like X + Y = 9. We don’t know what X and Y are, but they must add up to 9. The value of one depends on the value of the other. If X = 4, for example, then Y must equal 5, so they add up to be 9.

Judaism follows a similar pattern in terms of discovering **what values we must combine.** The trick is knowing that some variables change depending on others. And *that* is what this essay will teach you.