Jewish celebrations are the mold that holds together Jewish tradition. These are the times when Jewish people from all over the world mark their long history and deep heritage together. There are many different Jewish holidays throughout the Jewish calendar, and often, Jewish celebrations occur weekly and not yearly.
Shabbat is a wonderful example one of the Jewish celebrations that the Jewish people look forward to every week of the year. Families sit together at the Shabbat dinner table, light the Shabbat candlesticks, and recite Jewish Prayers. This is possible the most widely recognized Jewish celebration.
The biggest and most fantastic Jewish celebrations occur yearly or sometimes even once in a lifetime. The Bris Milah is a baby’s circumcision ceremony that takes place on the eighth day after his birth. In this Jewish celebration the child is given his proper name by a Rabbi chanting Jewish blessings and prayers according to Jewish ritual.
Next in a Jewish child’s life is the Jewish Bar Mitzvah. This is an important tradition and rite of passage in the life of a Jewish child where he (or she if it’s a Bat Mitzvah), reads Jewish blessings and prayers from the Torah and is officially considered an adult in Jewish culture. After all the Bar Mitzvah invitations have been sent, this Jewish celebration is marked by a huge party. Great Bar Mitzvah gifts include a tallit or kippah.
Jewish weddings are additional Jewish celebrations that are enjoyed in a truly unique way. Jewish wedding dresses are typical wedding gowns, and wedding locations include wedding halls as varied as in any other faith. The differences in Jewish weddings are in the Jewish wedding traditions. Though these vary between Reform and Orthodox Jewish weddings, there are several common practices throughout the entire faith. The sound of breaking glass is common as breaking the glass at a Jewish wedding is one of the longest kept and most significant Jewish traditions at a Jewish wedding.
Other notable Jewish celebrations include the Jewish holidays of Passover, Hanukkah, and Purim, all of which appear yearly in the Jewish calendar. The life of the Jewish people is full of joy, for Jewish celebrations give the best possible way to bask in the fulfillment of a meaningful life.