Fall 2016 Holidays
Following are explanations of some major holidays observed by Jews:
Rosh Hashanah - October 3 & 4
The Jewish New Year is the first of the High Holy Days.
Yom Kippur - October 12
The Day of Atonement, the holiest day in the Jewish year, is a time for prayer and fasting.
Sukkot - October 17 & 23
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 24
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 25
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 25–January 1
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 2016 Holidays
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