Fall 2018 Holidays
Following are explanations of some major holidays observed by Jews.
Rosh Hashanah - September 10 &11
The Jewish New Year is the first of the High Holy Days.
Yom Kippur - September 19
The Day of Atonement, the holiest day in the Jewish year, is a time for reflection, prayer, repentance, and fasting.
Sukkot - September 24–30
The harvest festival, during which Jews eat meals outside in a sukkah (a temporary structure that symbolizes temporality and gives a sense of the fragility of life).
Shemini Atzeret - October 1
Follows Sukkot and is a separate festival. On this day Jews pray for rain because this marks the beginning of the rainy season in Israel.
Simchat Torah - October 2
The day following Shemini Atzeret, this holiday celebrates the completion of the yearly cycle of reading the Torah. On Simchat Torah adults and children parade around and dance in the sanctuary.
Chanukah - December 3–10
The Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the Festival of Lights, lasts for eight days and celebrates the reclaiming and rededication of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem from the Syrian Greeks. When the Temple's menorah was lit, the one-day supply of oil miraculously burned for eight days. Thus on Chanukah, candles are lit for eight nights. Chanukah in Israel>>
Spring 2018 Holidays
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