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(Hebrew: שבת, shabbāt, "rest/inactivity";
the Sabbath, often Shabbos using Ashkenazi pronunciation),
is the weekly day of rest in Judaism, symbolizing
the Seventh Day in the Book of Genesis, after six
days of creation. It is observed from sundown on
Friday until the appearance of three stars in the
sky on Saturday night. Shabbat is ushered in by
lighting candles. Candlelighting time changes from
week to week and from place to place, depending
on when the sun sets.
Rosh Hashanah (Hebrew: ראש
השנה) is literally translated
as "head of the year", and idiomatically
refers to the Jewish New Year. The term first appears
in the Tanakh, in Ezekiel 40:1. There, however,
it does not refer specifically to the first day
of the year, but to the "beginning" of
Yom Kippur (Hebrew:יוֹם
, IPA: also known in English as the Day of Atonement,
is the most solemn of the Jewish Holidays. Its central
themes are atonement and repentance. Jews have traditionally
observed this holiday with a 25-hour period of fasting
and intensive prayer.
- Simcha Torah
Sukkot Sukkot (Hebrew: סוכות
sukkōt ; "booths", also known as
Succoth, Sukkos, Feast of Booths or Feast of Tabernacles,
is a Biblical pilgrimage festival that occurs in
autumn on the 15th day of the month of Tishri (late
September to late October). The holiday lasts 7
days. Outside the land of Israel, many people continue
to sit in the Sukkah on the following day, Shemini
Atzeret. In Judaism it is one of the three major
holidays known collectively as the Shalosh Regalim
(three pilgrim festivals), when historically the
Jewish populace traveled to the Temple in Jerusalem.
Hanukkah (Hebrew: חנוכה, also spelled
Chanukah), also known as the Festival of Lights, is
an eight-day Jewish holiday beginning on the 25th
day of the month of Kislev, which may fall anytime
from late November to late December. It celebrates
the re-kindling of the Temple menorah at the time of
the Maccabee rebellion.
The festival is observed in Jewish homes by the
kindling of lights on each night of the holiday -
one on the first night, two on the second, and so
Shavuot (Ashkenazi pronunciation: Shavuos,
literally, "Feast of Weeks") is
a Jewish holiday that occurs on the sixth day of
the Hebrew month of Sivan (late May or early June).
It marks the conclusion of the Counting of the Omer
and the day the Torah was given to the Jewish people
at Mount Sinai. It is one of the shalosh regalim,
the three Biblical pilgrimage festivals mandated
by the Torah.
(or Tu B'Shvat) (?"? ????) is a minor Jewish
holiday (meaning there are no restrictions on working)
and one of the four Rashei Shanah ("New Years")
mentioned in the Mishnah, the basis of the Talmud.
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