From Ariela Pelaia, former About.com Guide
- Jewish Holiday Calendars
- Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur
- Sukkot & Simchat Torah
- Hanukkah for Kids
- Tu B'Shvat
Jewish Holiday Calendars
Wondering when Jewish holidays fall during an upcoming year? The calendars below have all the info you need.
- Jewish Holiday Calendar 5771 (2010-2011)
- Jewish Holiday Calendar 5772 (2011-2012)
- Jewish Holiday Calendar 5773 (2012-2013)
Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur
The Jewish High Holidays, also called the High Holy Days, consist of the holidays of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, and encompass the ten days from the beginning of Rosh Hashanah through the end of Yom Kippur.
- The High Holidays
- What Is Rosh HaShanah?
- 8 Most Important Things to Know About Rosh HaShanah
- Rosh HaShanah Food Customs
- Apple and Honey on Rosh HaShanah
- Rosh HaShanah Recipes
- What Is a Shofar?
- Shofar Sounds
- What Is Tashlich?
- How to Say "Happy New Year" in Hebrew
- Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur Greetings
- What Is Yom Kippur?
- Preparing for the Yom Kippur Fast
- What is Kol Nidre?
- High Holiday Superstitions
- The Jewish Folk Ritual of Kaparot
Sukkot & Simchat Torah
Sukkot is an eight-day harvest holiday that arrives during the Hebrew month of Tishrei. Tishrei is filled with many other holidays, such as Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur and Simchat Torah. Simchat Torah is a celebratory Jewish holiday that marks the completion of the annual Torah reading cycle.
Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and nights. It starts on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev, which coincides with late November-late December on the secular calendar.
- What Is Hanukkah?
- What Is a Hanukkah Menorah?
- Hanukkah Candle Lighting Blessings
- Lighting the Hanukkah Menorah
- How to Play the Dreidel Game
- What Is Hanukkah Gelt?
- Hannukah Song: Maoz Tzur
- Hanukkah Songs
- Hanukkah Food Traditions
- All About Latkes, Plus a Recipe
Hanukkah for Kids
Involving children in Hanukkah celebrations is a wonderful way to enhance their experience of the holiday. Below are articles with information and/or activities that are especially kid-friendly.
- Favorite Hanukkah Songs (Lyrics and Melodies)
- How to Play the Dreidel Game
- Hanukkah Books for Toddlers and Young Children
- Ideas for Celebrating Hanukkah with Children
Tu B'Shvat is the Jewish New Year for the trees. It takes place on the 15th of Shvat, which is a Hebrew month that usually falls between mid-January and mid-February. In Hebrew, "tu" correlates with the number fifteen and "b" means "of." Hence, Tu B'shvat literally means "15th of Shvat."
On Purim is a festive holiday that celebrates how Queen Esther saved the Jews from destruction. This story is recorded in the biblical Book of Esther.
Passover is a holiday that remembers the Israelite exodus from slavery in Egypt. It is celebrated with a festive meal and the retelling of this story, as it is recorded in the biblical Book of Exodus.
- All About Passsover
- The Passover (Pesach) Story
- Who Was Miriam?
- What Is a Seder?
- The Meaning of Items on the Seder Plate
- Passover Observance in Israel and the Diaspora
- What Is Kosher for Passover?
- What Is the Afikomen?
- Elijah's Cup and Miriam's Cup: Symbolic Items at the Passover Seder
- Recipe: How to Make Sephardic Charoset for Passover
The Omer are forty-nine days between the holiday of Passover and the holiday of Shavuot. Also known as Sefirat HaOmer (Counting the Omer), these forty-nine days are counted aloud during evening services. The thirty-third day of the Omer is celebrated as Lag Ba'Omer.
Holocaust Remembrance Day
Holocaust Remembrance Day, known as Yom HaShoah in Hebrew, is a day when we remember those who perished in the Holocaust.
Yom HaZikaron & Yom HaAtzmaut
Yom HaZikaron and Yom HaAtzmaut are Israeli holidays. Yom HaZikaron is also known as Israel Memorial Day and is a time to remember all those who lost their lives in struggle for Israeli independence, as well as the soldiers who have died while serving in Israel's armed forces. Yom HaAtzmaut is Israel Independence Day.
Shavuot is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the giving of the Torah to the Jews. The Talmud tells us that God gave the Ten Commandments to the Jews on the sixth night of the Hebrew month of Sivan. Shavuot always falls 50 days after the second night of Passover.
Tisha B’Av, also known as “The Ninth of Av,” is a fast day that commemorates the destruction of the two Temples. It falls on the ninth day of the Hebrew month of Av, which usually coincides with late July or mid-August on the secular calendar.