Judaica - Jewish Holidays, Festivals, Feasts

Foods and festivals are important traditional Jewish customs.

Work is not permitted on Rosh Hashonah, Yom Kippur, and some other holidays. Eating some foods is forbidden during certain holidays, but other foods are always prepared because they symbolize the history of Old Testament days. Cooking, baking, transferring fire and carrying, all of which are forbidden on Shabat, are permitted on holidays.

The foods and customs associated with the festivals are described in the other pages of this collection.

All Jewish holidays begin the evening before the date specified. This is because a Jewish "day" begins at sunset the night before, and ends at sunset rather than at midnight (See Genesis 1).

Outside link to a Jewish Holiday calendar.
What day each Jewish holiday is.

Rosh Ha Shanah (New Year)
Feast of the Trumpets
Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement)
Yearly day of Jewish repentance.
Harvest Festival (Succoth)
Feast of Tabernacles
Hanukah (Chanukah)
Feast of Lights, Temple Rededication.
Purim (Feast of Esther)
Four weeks before Passover; is held in honor of Esther.
Passover (Pesach)
Feast of the Unleavened Bread; the Jewish festival of freedom.
The Feast of First Fruits (Shavuot)
Festival for land fertility; Pentecost

The classical Sabbath
Very important in Jewish practice.