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Jewish Holidays are so Jewish! How so,  you may ask? If you live outside of Israel you know that the holidays are never on time. They are either early or late.

Though Jewish Holidays are celebrated each year, the time of celebration depends on the Lunar based Hebrew Calendar, with each month beginning with the new moon. But since Jewish Holidays are also celebrating the solar seasons, Jewish leap years occur every two or three years.

Unlike the Gregorian calendar used by most of the world which arbitrarily sets the length of months to 28, 30 or 31 days, so it corresponds to the 365.5 days of the Solar year, the Jewish calendar coordinates the astronomical characteristics of our cosmological environment, the Months are either 29 or 30 days corresponding with the 29˝-day lunar cycle, and the years are either 12 or 13 months, corresponding to the 12.4 month solar cycle.

As a result, some years we celebrate Chanukah around Thanksgiving time and other years closer to New Years Day, and the high holidays are upon us at times in early to mid September and other years Rosh Hashannah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot/Simchat Torah are celebrated in October. 
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Every Week
Shabbat (the Jewish Sabbath) occurs each Friday just prior to sundown and lasts through Saturday, until nightfall Saturday night. In practice, this 25-hour weekly occurrence emphasizes restraint from physical work and labor. More...

September 14-15, 2015
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. Traditions include dipping apples in honey, blowing the shofar and more. More...

September 23, 2015
Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, a day marked by fasting and prayer. More...

September 28- October 4, 2015
Sukkot is the Festival of Booths, the Lulav and the Etrog and on Simchat Torah we rejoice in the Torah, as the new reading cycle begins. More...

October 5-2, 2015
Simchat Torah (שמחת תורה) means "Rejoicing in the Torah." Simchat Torah marks the completion of the annual cycle of weekly Torah readings.  More...

December 17 - December 24, 2014
Chanukah is mostly associated with Menorah lighting and dreidels. But there is much more to this holiday of lights. Click here for everything you always wanted to know about Chanukah and had no one to ask. More...

January 1, 2015
The Tenth of Tevet  (עשרה בטבת) commemorates the onset of the siege that Nebuchadrezzar of Babylonia laid to ancient Jerusalem More...

February 4, 2015
Tu b'Shvat celebrates the New Year for the Trees, which is in essence a celebration of nature and the fruits of the land of Israel. More...

March 5, 2015
Purim - commemorate the escape from annihilation of the Jews of Persia. The Heroes, Esther and her uncle Morderchai are saluted with dress up, drink and merriment. More...

April 4 - April 11, 2015
Pesach celebrates Freedom. In commemoration of the deliverance of our forefathers from Egypt we conduct a Seder, eat Matzah and read the Haggadah.. More...

Apr 22, 2015
Yom Hazikaron - Israel's Memorial Day is a day when Israel honors its fallen soldiers and its civilian terror victims.. More...

Apr 23, 2015
Every year since 1948, Israel celebrates its independence on the fifth day of Iyar, which is the formal Hebrew Calendar date of the establishment of the State. More...

May 7, 2015
Lag Ba'Omer is simply shorthand for the thirty-third day of the Omer, as Hebrew letters have numeric values, the "lamed" equals 30, and the "gimmel" three, Lamed Gimmel (L"G) Ba'Omer, literally 33 (days) in the Omer.  More...

May 17, 2015
Yom Yerushalayim "יום ירושלים" (Jerusalem Day) is the most recent addition to the Hebrew calendar as an Israeli and Jewish national holiday, celebrating the reunification of Jerusalem, every year on the 28th day of Iyar.  More...

May 24-25, 2015
Shavuot, the Festival of Weeks, is celebrated every year on the sixth and seventh day of the Hebrew month Sivan (and only on the sixth day of Sivan in Israel). More...

July 5, 2015
The Seventeenth Day of Tammuz is one of the four Rabbinically instituted Jewish fast days commemorating the breach of the walls of Jerusalem prior to the destruction of the 2nd Temple. More...

July 26, 2015
Tisha B'Av or Tish'ah b'Av (Hebrew: תשעה באב or ט׳ באב, tish‘āh bə-āv) is the saddest day on the Jewish calendar, is it a month and a day fraught with tragedy.  More...


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