Jewish Holidays and Festivals in 2013
Saturday, January 26, 2013
Tu B’Shevat, the 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar, is the day that marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees.
Begins sunset of Saturday, February 23, 2013
Ends nightfall of Sunday, February 24, 2013
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.
Begins sunset of Monday, March 25, 2013
Ends nightfall of Tuesday, April 2, 2013
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.)
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
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!
Sunday, April 28, 2013
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?
Begins sunset of Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Ends nightfall of Thursday, May 16, 2013
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.
Tuesday, June 25, 2013 through Tuesday, July 16, 2013
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).
Monday, July 22, 2013
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 . . .
Begins sunset of Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Ends nightfall of Friday, September 6, 2013
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 judgement and coronation of G‑d as king.
Begins sunset of Friday, September 13, 2013
Ends nightfall of Saturday, September 14, 2013
Falls on Shabbat.
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!
Begins sunset of Wednesday, September 18, 2013
Ends nightfall of Wednesday, September 25, 2013
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!
Begins sunset of Wednesday, September 25, 2013
Ends nightfall of Friday, September 27, 2013
No work 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!
Begins sunset of Wednesday, November 27, 2013
Ends nightfall of Thursday, December 5, 2013
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.
Begins sunrise of Friday, December 13, 2013
Ends nightfall of Friday, December 13, 2013
What happened on 10 Tevet? . . . Why do we need the Holy Temple? . . . The positive aspects of a “siege mentality” . . . The Rebbe on the Holocaust . . .
Information on the septennial Hakhel and Shemitah (Sabbatical) years, and the once-in-28-years Sun Blessing.
Since Biblical times the months and years of the Jewish calendar have been established by the cycles of the moon and the sun.
NOTE: The Jewish calendar date begins at sundown of the night beforehand. Thus all holiday observances begin the night before, as listed. The exception to this rule is most fast days, which begin at dawn of the date listed (aside for Tisha b’Av and Yom Kippur which also begin the night before). Jewish calendar dates conclude at nightfall.