Jewish Holidays

Preparing for the High Holy Days

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.

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Tisha B'Av - A Time to Mourn

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.

Yom Kippur – The Holiest Day of the Year

Yom Kippur, also known as the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the Jewish year. Listen now as Rabbi Yechiel Eckstein talks about the Jewish perspective of repentance.

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.

Yom Yerushalayim — Jerusalem Day

Jerusalem Day, celebrated this year on May 13th, commemorates the liberation and reunification of God's Holy City during the Six-Day War in 1967. We celebrate another year of a unified Jerusalem. Learn more about this remarkable city and this miraculous event with our resources.

Yom HaAtzmaut — Israel Independence Day

Israel Independence Day, Yom HaAtzmautis 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.

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.

Tu B'Shvat

This month marks the celebration of Tu B'Shvat, the New Year of the Trees. Discover more about this special day that celebrates God's Creation and the many lessons that we can learn from it.

Rosh Hashanah — Celebrating the New Year

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, is observed on the first day of the month of Tishrei on the Hebrew calendar, which falls in September or October on the Gregorian calendar (the calendar in common use throughout the world). Learn more about the observations associated with celebrating Rosh Hashanah.

Hanukkah — A Season of Miracles

Hanukkah is one of the most joyous festivals of the Jewish calendar. Discover more about this celebration of God's wondrous miracles and the many important lessons Hanukkah has for both Christians and Jews through our rich resources of studies, podcasts, videos, devotionals, and recipes of traditional foods for the holiday.

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.

Yom HaShoah — Holocaust Memorial Day

Beginning on sundown April 11 through sundown April 12, Israel and Jews worldwide will observe Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Memorial Day, honoring the six million Jewish men, women, and children who were brutally murdered at the hands of the Nazi regime.

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 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.

The Importance of Passover

Over the past 3,000 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 Judaism.

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