JEWISH HOLIDAYS

 

Jewish holy days begin at sundown on the preceding evening and conclude at sundown on the dates noted.


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  • Pesach – The Feast of Passover 

    Passover commemorates the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt, the beginning of Jewish independence. It may be observed for 7 or 8 days, but labor is traditionally prohibited on only the first two and last two days. The name Pesach refers to God’s “passing over” the homes of the Jews when he sent plagues to convince the Egyptian pharaoh to let them go.

    Passover commemorates the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt, the beginning of Jewish independence. It may be observed for 7 or 8 days, but labor is traditionally prohibited on only the first two and last two days. The name Pesach refers to God’s “passing over” the homes of the Jews when he sent...

    Passover commemorates the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt, the beginning of Jewish independence. It may be observed for 7 or 8 days, but labor is traditionally prohibited on only the first two and la...

    Passover commemorates the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt, the beginning of Jewish independence. It may be observed for 7 or 8 da...

    Passover commemorates the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt, the beginning of Jewish indepe...

    Passover commemorates the Exodus of the Jews from Egypt, ...

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  • Shavuot - The Feast of Harvest 

    This holy day marks the end of the early grain harvest and also commemorates Moses receiving the Torah (first five books of the Bible), with its Ten Commandments, from God on Mount Sinai.

    This holy day marks the end of the early grain harvest and also commemorates Moses receiving the Torah (first five books of the Bible), with its Ten Commandments, from God on Mount Sinai.

    This holy day marks the end of the early grain harvest and also commemorates Moses receiving the Torah (first five books of the Bible), with its Ten Commandments, from God on Mount Sinai.

    This holy day marks the end of the early grain harvest and also commemorates Moses receiving the Torah (first five books of the...

    This holy day marks the end of the early grain harvest and also commemorates Moses rece...

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  • Rosh Hashanah - Jewish New Year 

    These holy days begin a 10-day period of repentance and prayer which ends on Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah marks the anniversary of the birthday of the world. It is the day people are judged for their actions during the past year.

    These holy days begin a 10-day period of repentance and prayer which ends on Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah marks the anniversary of the birthday of the world. It is the day people are judged for their actions during the past year.

    These holy days begin a 10-day period of repentance and prayer which ends on Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah marks the anniversary of the birthday of the world. It is the day people are judged for their ...

    These holy days begin a 10-day period of repentance and prayer which ends on Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah marks the anniversary of...

    These holy days begin a 10-day period of repentance and prayer which ends on Yom Kippur...

    These holy days begin a 10-day period of repentance and p...

    These holy days begin a 10-day p...

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  • Yom Kippur - The Day of Atonement 

    This is considered the holiest day in the Jewish calendar and it ends the Ten Days of Repentance. It is spent in prayer, meditation and fasting in order to start the new year with a fresh beginning.

    This is considered the holiest day in the Jewish calendar and it ends the Ten Days of Repentance. It is spent in prayer, meditation and fasting in order to start the new year with a fresh beginning.

    This is considered the holiest day in the Jewish calendar and it ends the Ten Days of Repentance. It is spent in prayer, meditation and fasting in order to start the new year with a fresh beginning...

    This is considered the holiest day in the Jewish calendar and it ends the Ten Days of Repentance. It is spent in prayer, medita...

    This is considered the holiest day in the Jewish calendar and it ends the Ten Days of R...

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  • Sukkot- The Feast of Tabernacles 

    The harvest festival – it is named for huts (sukkot) hung with fruits and vegetables set up to recall the temporary field dwelling which farmers traditionally used during harvest time. It is observed for 7 or 8 days, followed by Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah.

    The harvest festival – it is named for huts (sukkot) hung with fruits and vegetables set up to recall the temporary field dwelling which farmers traditionally used during harvest time. It is observed for 7 or 8 days, followed by Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah.

    The harvest festival – it is named for huts (sukkot) hung with fruits and vegetables set up to recall the temporary field dwelling which farmers traditionally used during harvest time. It is obse...

    The harvest festival – it is named for huts (sukkot) hung with fruits and vegetables set up to recall the temporary field dwe...

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  • Shemini Atzeret

    is the conclusion of Sukkot.

    is the conclusion of Sukkot.

    is the conclusion of Sukkot.

    is the conclusion of Sukkot.

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  • Simchat Torah

    celebrates the conclusion of the year-long cycle of reading the Torah (first five books of the Bible) and renewing the cycle.

    celebrates the conclusion of the year-long cycle of reading the Torah (first five books of the Bible) and renewing the cycle.

    celebrates the conclusion of the year-long cycle of reading the Torah (first five books of the Bible) and renewing the cycle.

    celebrates the conclusion of the year-long cycle of reading the Torah (first five books of the Bible) and renewing the cycle.

    celebrates the conclusion of the year-long cycle of reading the Torah (first five books...

    celebrates the conclusion of the year-long cycle of readi...

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  • Hanukkah - The Festival of Lights 

    An 8-day celebration of the Jews’ victory over the Syrians in ancient times and their regaining political and religious freedom. Hanukkah is called the Festival of Lights because, at the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem, the sacred lamp burned for 8 days on 1 day’s supply of oil.

    An 8-day celebration of the Jews’ victory over the Syrians in ancient times and their regaining political and religious freedom. Hanukkah is called the Festival of Lights because, at the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem, the sacred lamp burned for 8 days on 1 day’s supply of oil.

    An 8-day celebration of the Jews’ victory over the Syrians in ancient times and their regaining political and religious freedom. Hanukkah is called the Festival of Lights because, at the rededica...

    An 8-day celebration of the Jews’ victory over the Syrians in ancient times and their regaining political and religious freed...

    An 8-day celebration of the Jews’ victory over the Syrians in ancient times and their...

    An 8-day celebration of the Jews’ victory over the Syri...

    An 8-day celebration of the Jews...

    An 8-day celebration o...