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Jewish Holidays and Festivals

In Judaism, life is marked by numerous special days in which adherents take time out of their everyday lives to stop work and focus on God and his mitzvot (commandments), including Sabbath services and holidays.

The history of Judaism is full of incredible stories, which, according to the Hebrew Bible, are important for Jews of all generations to remember. Because the purpose of most of the holidays and festivals in Judaism is to recall God's work in history, they are one of the most important aspects of the Jewish faith.

Observing holidays and festivals also has important social outcomes. They help to keep tradition alive, contribute to a sense of community and belonging, and ensure regular reflection and celebration.

The most important Jewish holy days are the Sabbath, the three pilgrimage festivals (Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot) and the two High Holy Days (Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur). For observant Jews, it is forbidden to work on any of these days.

  • Days of Awe

    ## What are the Days of Awe? In Judaism, the Days of Awe are the 10 days from the beginning of Rosh Hashanah to the end of Yom Kippur. This important period, which always occurs in the autumn, is devoted to introspection, repentance, and atonement for sin... full article →
  • Feast of Weeks (Pentecost)

    ## What is the Feast of Weeks (Pentecost)? In Judaism, The Feast of Weeks or Shavuot (Hebrew label) or Pentecost (Greek label) is the name given to the festival, which occurred fifty days after the offering of the barley sheaf during the Passover feast (see Leviticus 13:16)... full article →
  • Hanukkah

    ## What is Hanukkah? In the Jewish religion, Hanukkah is one of the few holidays that is not instituted in the Torah. It commemorates a post-biblical event: the victory of the Maccabees over the Syrian-Greek rulers of Jerusalem and the subsequent rededication of the Temple in 164 BCE... full article →
  • Passover

    Passover (also known as Pesach and the Festival of Unleavened Bread) is a spring holiday commemorating the Exodus, one the most important events in the history of Judaism and an important foundation for all Jewish beliefs... full article →
  • Purim

    ## What is Purim? In Judaism, Purim is a joyful spring holiday that features a festive meal, gift-giving, costumes, noisemakers in the synagogue, and required drunkenness... full article →
  • Rosh Hashanah

    ## What is Rosh Hashanah? In Judaism, Rosh Hashanah means "head of the year" and is commonly known as the Jewish New Year. It is the day on which the year number changes, but unlike secular New Year celebrations, Rosh Hashanah is a solemn and holy time... full article →
  • Sukkot

    ## What is Sukkot? In Judaism, Sukkot is known by several names: the "Festival of Booths." the "Festival of the Ingathering," the "Festival," and the "Season of Rejoicing... full article →
  • Tu B'Shevat

    In Judaism, New Year for Trees, also known as, Tu B'Shevat is a holiday on the 15th of the Jewish month of Shevat, and its name simply means "15 Shevat" in Hebrew... full article →
  • Yom Kippur

    ## What is the Day of Atonement? In Judaism, Yom Kippur, celebrated on the 10th day of Tishri, is the most important and solemn of Jewish holidays... full article →