Jewish Calendar

Jewish Calendar

  • Rosh Hashanah Date: August 17, 2011
    Rosh Hashanah, Hebrew for “head of the year,” is celebrated annually on the first of Tishrei, the beginning of the Jewish year. On this day, Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, were created, sinned, and were expelled from the Garden of Eden. On the day they were created, Adam and Even learned about their role on earth, and for this reason, on Rosh Hashanah we celebrate our relationship with G-d. We acknowledge both our dependence on him as our creator and sustainer as well as his “dependence,” so to speak, on us, as the ones who proclaim him King of the universe and make His presence known.
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  • Hannukah Date: August 17, 2011
    Hanukkah, or Channukah,  is a celebration that lasts for eight days, starting on Kislev 25th. We light candles and place them by a window in order to make the miracle, which took place more than two thousand years go, public. More than twenty centuries ago, the Hasmoneans rebelled against the Seleucids, who ruled over Jerusalem. The Seleucids tried to force a Hellenistic lifestyle upon the Israelites and decreed that the Jews could not perform any major commandments.
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  • Passover Date: August 17, 2011
    After more than two-hundred years of unimaginably difficult labor and slavery in Egypt, G-d finally delivered the Israelites from Pharaoh’s cruel kingship.  G-d sent Moses to Pharaoh with a message, “release my people, so that they may serve me.” At first, Pharaoh refused. G-d, in return, sent plagues upon Pharaoh. The plagues ruined everything:  from the still waters, through the plants and livestock and finally Pharaoh’s own subjects; nothing and no one remained unaffected. It took ten plagues to make Pharaoh accede to Moses’ request, and he finally let his people go.
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  • The Jewish Calendar Date: August 17, 2011
    Most people have heard of Jewish Holidays such as Passover, Hanukkah and Rosh HaShana as well as Shabbat.  In addition, most people know when these holidays occur, during the spring, winter, fall and at the end of each week, respectively.  However, the calendar that ensures that these holidays are celebrated during their proper seasons is less well-known.
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  • Sukkot Date: August 17, 2011
    For forty years, following the most famous exodus in history, the Children of Israel slept, ate, raised families, got married and died in the desert. On the way to the Promised Land, the Israelies were accompanied by G-d and His Clouds of Glory that protected them from the dangers lurking in the desert and the physical discomforts. Some of the most famous and undisguised miracles that G-d performed for the Jews took place in the desert.
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