4 Jewish Holidays You Need to Know About

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Did you know that it is expected that by 2050 around 16 million people will be part of the Jewish population? You might not be too familiar with Judaism, but there are plenty of meaningful Jewish holidays with plenty of meaning. 

Keep reading to learn the top list of Jewish holidays.

  1. Shabbat

A major Jewish holiday is called Shabbat that is observed every single week. Shabbat begins at sunset on Friday evening and ends after dark on Saturday evening. This holiday is as important as any other holy day. 

Any classes or exams on Friday evening or Saturday end up being a conflict for Orthodox Jewish students. Orthodox Jews actually do not travel or work during this holiday because of how sacred it is. 

  1. Hanukkah

This is one of the most popular Jewish holidays and it is eight days long. It is sometimes also called the Festival of Lights. Hanukkah commemorates the victory of the Maccabees and also rededicating the Temple in Jerusalem. 

During Hanukkah, children receive a different gift every night, and for those looking for unique gifts you can check out The Jerusalem Portfolio for some ideas. This is why sometimes people mistakenly compare it to Christmas but, it is really a minor holiday in religious terms when compared to other Jewish holidays. 

The main reason for celebrating Hanukkah is to celebrate freedom of worship, liberation from oppression, and finding the light even in the darkest of times.  

  1. Sukkot

This is another holiday that is a week long and is known as the Feast of Tabernacles. The reason for this holiday is to commemorate the Israelites that were in temporary booths during their 40 years of dwelling in the desert when they were on their way to the promised land. 

Families will gather together to eat meals and sleep in a sukkah that they build. They also shake a palm called a lulav that is bound together with willow and myrtle branches and they shake an etrog which is a type of citrus.

  1. Purim

This is a holiday that celebrates the defeat of the plot to destroy the Jews of Persia. Purim is celebrated like a carnival where it is customary to dress in costumes. You can compare it to Mardi Gras or Halloween. 

During Purim people also give gifts of food to the needy and to friends and family. The main dish to give out is called hamantashen, which are pastries shaped in triangles that are filled with poppy seeds or with fruit. 

Feeling Like a Jewish Holidays Pro?

We hope that now that you are familiar with some of the most important Jewish holidays, you are feeling much more knowledgeable on the topic. Whether you are considering becoming part of the Jewish faith or have recently made a great friend that happens to be Jewish. 

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