Jewish Holidays and Festivals
You shall rejoice in your festivals and shall be altogether joyful.
-- Deuteronomy 16:14-15
One has nothing else to do on a festival, only either to eat and drink or to sit and study.
-- Rabbi Eliezer, 1st century CE
What are the Jewish Holidays?
Like the rituals marking important events in the life cycle of each Jewish person, holidays and festivals are an important part of Jewish life.
They help to keep tradition alive, contribute to a sense of community and belonging, remind believers of important historical events, and ensure regular reflection and celebration of the sacred.
The most important Jewish holy days are the Sabbath, the three pilgrimage festivals (Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot) and the two High Holy Days (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur). It is forbidden to work on any of these days.
Shabbat (the Sabbath)
Days of Awe
Hanukkah (the Festival of Lights)
Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah)
Festival of Booths (Sukkot)
15th of Shevat (Tu B'Shevat)
The Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur)
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