Jewish Holidays and Festivals. Explanations, observances, study, guide and multimedia to all major and minor Jewish holidays and fast days.
15 ShevatMonday, January 21, 2019Work permittedThe 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar is the day that marks the beginning of a “new year” for trees.
PurimBegins sunset of Wednesday, March 20, 2019
Ends nightfall of Thursday, March 21, 2019Work should be avoided.
Consult a Rabbi if this is not possible.
Purim celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from the wicked Haman in the days of Queen Esther of Persia.
PassoverBegins sunset of Friday, April 19, 2019
Ends nightfall of Saturday, April 27, 2019No work permitted on April 20 – 21 and April 26 – 27. Work is permitted only on April 22 – 25 with certain restrictions.Yizkor is recited on Passover, Saturday, April 27Passover (Pesach) celebrates the deliverance of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Our Passover megasite has tools, guides, insights, stories, inspiration—and just about everything you need to celebrate Passover. (But bring your own wine.)
Second PassoverSunday, May 19, 2019Work permittedThirty days ago we cleaned our homes and souls of leaven, and matzahed our way through the week-long festival of Passover. And now, Pesach Sheni—a Second Passover!
Lag B’OmerThursday, May 23, 2019Work permitted
The birthday of Jewish mysticism . . . The spiritual significance of the bow and arrow . . . Can love be true, and can truth be loving? . . . What is Kabbalah?
ShavuotBegins sunset of Saturday, June 8, 2019
Ends nightfall of Monday, June 10, 2019No work is permittedYizkor is recited on Shavuot, Monday, June 10Shavuot marks the giving of the Torah on Mt. Sinai. The Ten Commandments are read in synagogues, just as they were in the desert on Mt. Sinai over 3,300 years ago.
The Three WeeksSaturday, July 20, 2019 through Sunday, August 11, 2019Work permitted, except Shabbat
The “Three Weeks” and Tisha B’Av are designated as a time of mourning over the destruction of the Holy Temple and the galut (exile).
The 15th of AvFriday, August 16, 2019Work permittedOur sages proclaimed the 15th of Av as one of the two greatest festivals of the year, yet they ordained no special observances or celebrations for it . . .
Rosh HashanahBegins sunset of Sunday, September 29, 2019
Ends nightfall of Tuesday, October 1, 2019No work is permitted.
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. It is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, and a day of judgment and coronation of G‑d as king.
Yom KippurBegins sunset of Tuesday, October 8, 2019
Ends nightfall of Wednesday, October 9, 2019No work is permitted.Yizkor is recited on Yom Kippur, Wednesday, October 9Virtually everything you need to know about Yom Kippur, the holiest day on the Jewish calendar: How-To Guides, Essays and Insights, Prayer Service Overviews, Stories, Multimedia, and much more!
SukkotBegins sunset of Sunday, October 13, 2019
Ends nightfall of Sunday, October 20, 2019No work permitted on October 14 – 15. Work is permitted on October 16 – 18 and October 20 with certain restrictions..
Virtually everything you need to know about the holiday of Sukkot: How-To Guides, Essays and Insights, Recipes, Stories, Multimedia, and much more!
Shemini Atzeret & Simchat TorahBegins sunset of Sunday, October 20, 2019
Ends nightfall of Tuesday, October 22, 2019No work is permittedYizkor is recited on Shemini Atzeret, Monday, October 21Virtually everything you need to know about the holidays of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah: How-To Guides, Essays and Insights, Recipes, Stories, Multimedia, and much more!
ChanukahBegins sunset of Sunday, December 22, 2019
Ends nightfall of Monday, December 30, 2019Work permitted, except ShabbatChanukah commemorates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after a group of Jewish warriors defeated the occupying mighty Greek armies.