Following are explanations of some major holidays observed by Jews:
FALL HOLIDAYS - 2014
Rosh Hashanah - September 25 & 26
The Jewish New Year is the first of the High Holy Days. More about Rosh Hashanah>>
Yom Kippur - October 4
The Day of Atonement, the holiest day in the Jewish year, is a time for prayer and fasting.
Sukkot - October 9 & 10
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 16
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 17
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 17 - December 24
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>>
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