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Your Guide to Jewish Holidays

The three categories of Jewish holidays, celebrations and commemorations.

Tu Bishvat

Tu Bishvat 2018

In 2018, the "birthday of the trees" begins at sundown on Tuesday, Jan. 30 and ends at sundown on Wednesday, Jan. 31.

Yom Haatzmaut

Yom Ha’atzmaut: Israel Independence Day

The celebration of Israeli independence is marked each year on the fifth day of the Hebrew month of Iyar.

Tisha B’Av FAQ

Your questions about the Jewish day of mourning answered.

Tisha B’Av Rituals and Practices

Mourning the destruction of both temples, as well as a number of other Jewish tragedies.

Why Tisha B’Av is Not Really About Mourning

The practices associated with this holiday are closer to the experience of being a refugee than to being a mourner.

Tisha B’Av 2020

In 2020, Tisha B'Av begins at sunset on Wednesday, July 29.

Tisha B’Av 101

Tisha B'Av, the ninth day of the month of Av, is the major day of communal mourning in the Jewish calendar.

When Prayer Fails Us

Tisha B'Av, the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, is testament to the failure of prayer to avert national catastrophe.

The Book of Eicha: Faith in a Whirlwind

At the core of Lamentations is an expression of faith in the human capacity to survive in a broken world.

Modern Jewish Holidays 101

There are a handful of holidays that entered Jewish life in the latter half of the 20th century.

The Book of Lamentations

This special reading for Tisha B'Av sets the tone for this tragic and mournful day

By the Rivers of Babylon We Remember Zion

This famous psalm is read on the eve of Tisha B'Av and sets the tone for an emotionally challenging holiday.

The Prohibition Against Studying Torah on Tisha B’Av

Why would learning sacred Jewish texts be forbidden on this day of fasting and mourning?

The Three Weeks

The destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem is commemorated with a period of mourning.