Holidays

Jewish holidays, Hanukkah

Hanukkah

This year Hanukkah begins at sunset on December 16, and ends on December 24. Brush up on the basics of the festival of lights.

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High Holidays

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh 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.

December Dilemma

Hanukkah

Hanukkah

The Festival of Lights.

Gifts

A history of the practice and some tips for parents.

November-December Dilemma

American Jews are both part of and separate from American society as a whole.

Taking Christmas out of Hanukkah

How to preserve the Jewish ideals of Hanukkah in the midst of a Christmas-oriented society?


Spring Holidays

Tu Bishvat

Tu Bishvat

The birthday of the trees.

Purim

A Persian Jewish celebration.

Passover (Pesach)

Celebrating the Exodus from Egypt.

Passover & Spring

There is a theological explanation for why Passover occurs in the spring.

The Omer

Counting the days from Passover to Shavuot.

Minor Fasts

Ideas & Beliefs

Ideas & 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.

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