There are essentially three major categories of Jewish holidays, celebrations, and commemorations found in the Jewish calendar. These are biblical holidays, rabbinic holidays, and post-rabbinic celebrations.Read More
High HolidaysRosh Hashanah
The Jewish New Year.Yom Kippur
The Day of Atonement.Sukkot
Sometimes knows as the Feast of Tabernacles, this holiday is celebrated in huts.Shemini Atzeret-Simchat Torah
The last of the fall holidays, these are days of celebration.Ten Days
The days in between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are a time for repentance.
Hanukkah to Tisha B'AvHanukkah
The Festival of Lights.Tu Bishvat
The birthday of the trees, celebrated in the middle of winter.Purim
This festive day commemorates Esther and Mordecai thwarting the evil Haman -- and it features costumes and lots of revelry!Passover
Celebrated in the spring, this festival celebrates the Israelites' Exodus from Egypt.Shavuot
The giving of the Torah, the Book of Ruth and plenty of cheesecake and blintzes. What's not to like?Tisha B'Av
This somber day mourns the destruction of the Temple.
Modern HolidaysYom Ha'atzmaut: Israel Independence Day
Celebrated in the Jewish state and beyond with fireworks, barbecues and parades.Yom Hazikaron: Israel's Memorial Day
This day honoring those who fell in Israel's wars falls just before Israel Independence Day.Yom Hashoah: Holocaust Memorial Day
A day honoring Holocaust survivors and remembering those who perished.Yom Yerushalayim: Jerusalem Day
Jerusalem has been considered the capital city of the Jewish people since the time of King David, but the special day in honor of the city was established after the Israeli army's victory in the Six-Day War in June 1967.
Minor FastsIdeas & Beliefs
A brief description of all the minor fasts on the Jewish calendar.Fast of Esther
The fast that precedes the holiday of Purim.Tenth of Tevet
This fast commemorates the beginning of the end of the First Temple.Tzom Gedaliah
The history and observance of this minor fast day.17th of Tammuz
A minor fast day with major history.