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.