The Jewish calendar is full of many Jewish holidays that bring to life the history and traditions of the Jewish people. Filled with many celebrations, fasts and commemorations, there are many opportunities to pass on our Jewish heritage to the younger generation.
Jewish holidays are celebrated according to the Hebrew calendar and always begin with the sunset of the preceding day. Many of the holidays like Shabbat, Pesach and Rosh Hashanah have strict customs to observe this holiday with complete rest from daily chores and work, and to engage in prayer, rest and time with the family.
From the Torah there are the three pilgrimage festivals of Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot, where people would make a pilgrimage to the holy city of Jerusalem and the Holy Temple – Biet Ha Mikdash, to give offerings. The Jewish New Year – Rosh Hashanah is a solemn celebration of the New Year, with thoughts engaged in repentance and return to God for the coming Day of Atonement – Yom Kippur.
Then there are the two holidays of Chanukah and Purim that celebrate a time of Jewish history that occurred after the Torah was given. These two holidays celebrate the triumph and unity of the Jewish people.
Thus it can be observed that throughout the Jewish year there is no shortage of celebration and commemoration of Jewish holidays.