Jewish Minor Holidays
In addition to the major Jewish holidays, the Jewish people also celebrate a variety of minor holidays. These include Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Tu B’Shevat, Shavu’ot and Tisha B’Av. Additionally, there are five minor fasts that are scheduled throughout the year to honor God.
Sukkot is also known as the Festival of Booths. This holiday commemorates the Israelites wandering through the desert in search of the Promised Land. Sukkot occurs on the fifth day of Yom Kippur and lasts for 7 days.
Simchat Torah celebrates the completion of the reading of the Bible during sabbath services. The celebration takes place in an evening and a morning service. During the evening service, the last of Deuteronomy is read. The following morning the first of Genesis is read. At the evening and morning services, sing and dancing are done to celebrate this holiday.
Tu B’Shevat is the Jewish version of Arbor Day. This day is used to calculate the age of certain trees that are used for tithing. Leviticus states that when a tree is planted, its fruits cannot be eaten for the first 3 years. On the fourth year, the fruit is given God as an offering. After the fourth year, the fruit can be eaten by the planter. (more…)
Major Jewish Holidays and Festivals
The Jewish people celebrate numerous holidays throughout the year. These holidays honor past events in the Jewish history.
Purim is used to celebrate and honor the Jewish people from the wicked reign of Hamam. Queen Esther of Persia was instrumental in the deliverance of her people and is honored today.
Another holiday is the Jewish New Year or Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah is the anniversary of the creation of man and woman in the Garden of Eden. The shofar is blown to announce that God is King and candles are lit and prayers are made.
Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day of the Jewish people. This day is also known as the Day of Atonement. The Jewish people fast, abstain from marital relations and do not bathe. Services are held and readings are done from the book of Leviticus and Psalms. The people repent and atone for their sins.
Passover is a holiday where the people celebrate the freeing of the Israelites from Egypt. According to the Jews, God sent ten plagues to the Egyptians because Pharoah refused to free the Jewish people.
The last and most devastating plague was the killing of the firstborn males. God commanded the Jewish people to place blood on their doorposts and the angel of death would pass over that home and spare the children. If blood was not found, then the first born child would die. After this plague, the Jewish people were freed.
Hanukkah, known as the festival of lights, celebrates the triumph of good over evil and light over darkness. According to history, the Seleucids were trying to forcefully Hellenize the Israelites. The Jews fought against the Greeks “in the trees and in the seas” and drove them from the land. Then, the temple was rededicated to God. When they entered the temple, only one cruse of oil was found to light the menorah. Miraculously this one day supply of oil burned for eight full days. Hanukkah commemorates God’s divine intervention.
As you can see, there are many Jewish holidays. Each of these commemorates a time when God stepped in and helped the Jewish people.
How To Embrace Jewish Holidays For The Sake Of Your Marriage
It used to be commonplace for people to refuse to marry others based on their religious preferences. While this is still true for some, others are perfectly fine being wed to those who do not share the same faith. This is not something that is easy to handle, but the follow advice should make it a bit simpler to handle Jewish holidays if you are of another faith.
The first thing you should understand is that no one says you must convert to the same religion as your spouse. With that said, you should still respect their ideals and express an openness to learn. For example, when your loved one tells you that they are celebrating Yom Kippur, ask about the history behind the day instead of reminding them that this is not a holiday that is observed in your faith.
Attending events with your Jewish spouse will also let them know that you are loving and supportive, even if the goal is not to convert to their religion at any time. There is no law that says you must be Jewish in order to attend a synagogue. (more…)
Why You Should Learn About Jewish Holidays
There are a lot of different religions in the world today and a lot of different holidays being celebrated because of them. If you are not familiar with Jewish Holidays, it would be a good idea to learn more about them. It is a good idea to learn about different holidays in general, especially if you have friends that are Jewish and celebrate them every year.
The Jewish religion has a lot of different holidays throughout the year. They are celebrated in different ways and are filled with tradition. It can be overwhelming when you first start to learn about them.
The best thing is to make a list of the Jewish Holidays you want to learn more about. Then start to focus on one at a time. Do your research, talk to your Jewish friends and learn what you can about the history of the holiday and how it is celebrated today.
There is a reason behind all of the holidays and it is good to understand why they are celebrated in the first place. This can open your eyes to the religion and help you understand it a little better. (more…)
An Explanation of Jewish Customs and Holidays
The Jewish religion has a variety of holidays that honor significant events that took place throughout history. Many of these holidays have observances and customs that must be followed. Additionally, some Jewish holidays feature holiday-related foods.
Jewish holidays are quite different than most Gentile holidays. The celebrations of holidays begin at sunset and continue throughout the next day until sunset. This is because the Jewish day begins at sunset. This is based on the story of creation. In Genesis 1 the creation story states that there were evening and morning and that was a day.
On most Jewish holidays work is forbidden. These holidays include Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, and Passover. The only work that is permitted is cooking and lighting a fire.
The Jewish calendar is based on the lunar cycle. Each month begins on the New Moon. Jewish months are generally either 29 or 30 days. many of the holidays are celebrated at the time of the New Moon.
Most people have heard of the Passover. This Jewish holiday commemorates the Jewish people’s freedom from the Egyptians. Tradition states that on this day the death angel went through Egypt and killed the people’s firstborn sons. The Jewish people were warned by their God to place the blood of a lamb on their door posts. When the death angel saw the blood, he would pass over that home and not slaughter the first born child.
Yom Kippur is considered the holiest day of the year. This day is commemorated with fasting, reconciliation and atonement of sins. The holiday features prayers of remembrance and pleases for God’s forgiveness.
Jewish holidays are quite different than Gentil holidays. The holidays celebrated by the Jewish people are dedicated to their God and their heritage. Fasting, blowing the shofar and scripture reading are common practices on Jewish holidays.
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Hello – my name is David, and I am learning a lot about Jewish Holidays in school. I wanted to write a blog so I can show my friends more about Jewish holidays that I celebrate. Being Jewish in Minnesota means that I need to explain why I light a menorah, or wear “that funny hat.” My friends are just teasing me but they weren’t being mean – they just don’t know what some of these symbols mean to us Jews. So I hope to enlighten them and inform anyone that is curious. I hope you enjoy it!