Past Jewish Festivals
  • Lag B'Omer (33 of the Omer)

    22 May 2011

    Iyar 18 - The days between Pesach and Shavuot became a solemn period on the Jewish calendar due to a plague that decimated the 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva. No joyous celebrations are permitted during this period. However, LAG B’OMER is the exception as the Yarzheit of...

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  • Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Liberation)

    01 June 2011

    Iyar 28

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  • Shavuot Day 1 (Pentecost 1)

    08 June 2011

    Sivan 6 - The second of the Pilgrim festivals is celebrated for two days. (In Israel one day). The name derives from Shavuot (weeks) seven weeks after the second day of Pesach.

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  • Shavuot Day 2 (Pentecost 2)

    09 June 2011

    Sivan 7 - The second of the Pilgrim festivals is celebrated for two days. (In Israel one day). The name derives from Shavuot (weeks) seven weeks after the second day of Pesach.

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  • Shiva Asar B'Tammuz (Fast of 17 Tammuz)

    19 July 2011

    Tammuz 17 - THE FOUR FASTS commemorate the sad events surrounding the destruction of both Temples. They are: The 17th TAMUZ introducing THE THREE WEEKS of intensifying mourning till the 9th AV which is a full day fast in memory of the Anniversary of the Destruction of both...

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  • Tisha B'Av (Fast Day)

    09 August 2011

    Av 9 - The Four Fasts commemorate the sad events surrounding the destruction of both Temples. They are: The 17th Tamuz introducing the three weeks of intensifying mourning till the 9th AV which is a full day fast in memory of the Anniversary of the Destruction of both...

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  • Rosh Hashana - Day 2 (New Year 2)

    30 September 2011

    Tishrei 2 - Although Nisan is regarded as the first month of the Jewish calendar, we celebrate Rosh Hashanah at the beginning of Tishri, the seventh month, since this is traditionally considered to be the day on which the world was created. Rosh Hashanah is celebrated...

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  • Tzom Gedalia (Fast of Gedalia)

    02 October 2011

    Tishrei 3

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  • Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)

    08 October 2011

    Tishrei 10 - This is the holiest day of the year. It begins in the evening of the ninth day of Tishrei with the Kol Nidrei service. This prayer composed before the ninth century, asks for release of vows or promisesmade to G-d that cannot be kept. On this day we abstain...

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  • Succot Day 1 (Tabernacles 1)

    13 October 2011

    Tishrei 15 - On the 15th day of TISHREI, four days after YOM KIPPUR we celebrate the third of the Pilgrim festivals SUCCOTH. Originally a harvest festival it was given added historical significance as a commemoration of the Exodus from Egypt when our people had to live in...

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