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Jewish Holidays

Simchat Torah: Rejoicing in the Torah

The final day of the Jewish festival Sukkot is known as Simchat Torah, which literally means "Rejoicing in the Torah." On this day, Jews mark the completion of reading through the Torah, from the first chapter of Genesis to the closing words of Deuteronomy. Then the cycle begins again. Learn more about this...

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Sukkot -- A Season of Rejoicing

Following the somber introspection of the High Holy Days comes Sukkot, a joyous celebration of God's provision and providence for His children. Learn more about this "season of rejoicing" through our various resources.

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The High Holy Days: A Season Of Repentance

The High Holy Days are the most widely observed Jewish holidays, beginning with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, and ending ten days later with Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement. The month preceding the High Holy Days, known as Elul in Hebrew, is a time of preparation involving intense reflection and soul-searching.

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Tisha B'Av

Tisha B'Av takes place on the ninth day of the Jewish month of Av.  It is a day of mourning to commemorate the many tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people - many of which have occurred on this day throughout history.

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Shavuot — Pentecost

Shavuot (pronounced sha-voo-OHT), which Christians know better from the Greek, Pentecost, is one of three pilgrimage festivals in which Jewish men during biblical times were obligated to go to the Temple in Jerusalem.

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Yom HaAtzmaut - Israel Independence Day

Sundown May 11 through sundown May 12, 2016 marks Israel Independence Day, Yom HaAtzmaut, the fifth day of the month of Iyar, which is the Hebrew date of the formal establishment of the State of Israel, when members of the "provisional government" read and signed a Declaration of Independence in Tel Aviv.

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Holocaust Remembrance Day

At sundown May 4 through sundown May 5, Israel will observe Holocaust Remembrance Day, a solemn tribute to the six million Jews murdered at the hands of the Nazi regime. But as the full meaning of Holocaust Remembrance Day in Hebrew suggests — A Day of (remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism — we also remember and honor...

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The Importance of Passover

Over the past three thousand years, Passover has endured as the most celebrated and widely observed holiday in the Jewish tradition. Passover commemorates the seminal event in Jewish history — the story of the Exodus which led to the birth of the Jewish nation, Israel. In addition, the most basic and fundamental principles found in...

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Purim: A Celebration of Bravery & Deliverance from Destruction

Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. During the Purim celebration, Jews participate in a boisterous public reading of the biblical book of Esther, as well as delivering baskets of food and drink to friends, eating hat-shaped cookies, performing plays and parodies, and dressing up in costume. 

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