Tag Archives: Jewish holidays
Hanukkah is the most common spelling nowadays, but it can also be spelled Chanukah because the Hebrew and Latin alphabets don’t always have matching sounds. Both are correct.
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year, and is a celebration of the bond between God and human beings through the creation of Adam and Eve. The sounding of a ram’s horn (shofar) calls people to repentance and a closer relationship with God.
Originally a Jewish harvest festival, Shavuot takes place fifty days after the second day of Passover. A one-day festival in Israel, and two days in other places, Shavuot now also serves to commemorate the gift of the Torah, or God’s Law, which was revealed to Moses and written down in the first five books of […]
Purim commemorates the time Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination at the hands of Haman, a corrupt advisor to Ahasuerus, King of Persia, an event recounted in the Bible (Book of Esther). Purim, means ‘lots’, as in a lottery, which is how Haman chose a date for the extermination, and Esther saved […]