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Jewish Holidays and Festivals. Explanations, observances, study, guide and multimedia to all major and minor Jewish holidays and fast days.

Jewish Holidays and Festivals in 2013

Jewish Holidays and Festivals in 2013

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No work is permitted.
Tu B’Shevat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar, is the day that marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees.
Work should be avoided.
Consult a Rabbi if this is not possible.
Purim celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from the wicked Haman in the days of Queen Esther of Persia.
No work permitted on March 26 - 27 and April 1 - 2. Work is permitted only on March 28 - 29 and March 31 with certain restrictions.
Passover (Pesach) celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Our Passover megasite has tools, guides, insights, stories, inspiration—and just about everything you need to celebrate Passover. (But bring your own wine.)
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Thirty days ago we cleaned our homes and souls of leaven, and matzahed our way through the week-long festival of Passover. And now, Pesach Sheni—a Second Passover!
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The birthday of Jewish mysticism . . . The spiritual significance of the bow and arrow . . . Can love be true, and can truth be loving? . . . What is Kabbalah?
No work is permitted
Shavuot marks the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. The Ten Commandments are read in synagogues, just as they were in the desert on Mt. Sinai over 3,300 years ago.
Work permitted, except Shabbat
The “Three Weeks” and Tisha B’Av are designated as a time of mourning over the destruction of the Holy Temple and the galut (exile).
Work permitted
Our sages proclaimed the 15th of Av as one of the two greatest festivals of the year, yet they ordained no special observances or celebrations for it . . .
No work is permitted.
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. It is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, and a day of judgment and coronation of G‑d as king.
No work is permitted.
Virtually everything you need to know about Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar: How-To Guides, Essays and Insights, Prayer Service Overviews, Stories, Multimedia, and much more!
No work permitted on September 19 - 20. Work is permitted on September 22 - 25 with certain restrictions..
Virtually everything you need to know about the holiday of Sukkot: How-To Guides, Sukkah and “Four Kinds” Wizards, Essays and Insights, Recipes, Stories, Multimedia, and much more!
No work is permitted
Virtually everything you need to know about the holidays of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah: How-To Guides, Essays and Insights, Recipes, Stories, Multimedia, and much more!
Work permitted, except Shabbat
Chanukah commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after a group of Jewish warriors defeated the occupying mighty Greek armies.
Work permitted
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