Jewish Holidays

Learn more about the holidays Jews celebrate.

The Jewish Calendar
The Jewish Calendar is based on the movements of Earth's Moon. Find out more about this ancient and long-running calendar.

Passover is the Jewish holiday celebrating the Exodus from Egypt.

Purim is the most festive of all the Jewish holidays. The story of Purim is a happy one, the story of a great victory over near certain doom. Its hero is a woman: Esther.

Shavuot is the holiest time in the Jewish calendar. It marks the deliverance of the Ten Commandments to Moses on Mount Sinai.

Rosh Hashanah
Rosh Hashanah is a very somber holiday, the beginning of the High Holy Days of Judaism. It is actually a two-day celebration and is often referred to as the Jewish New Year.

Yom Kippur
Yom Kippur is the end of the High Holy Days, which begin with Rosh Hashanah. Yom Kippur is known as the 'Day of Atonement,' on which Jews pray for atonement for their sins.

Sukkot is a weeklong harvest festival, which commemorates the 40 years that the ancient Jews were wandering the wilderness, living in temporary homes.

Hanukkah is the Jewish Festival of Lights, an eight-day celebration that takes place at the end of the calendar year.

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