Temple Beth Torah

Jewish Holidays 5778 (2017-2018)

  • Rosh Hashanah
    What it is: The Jewish New Year
    2 Days 1st & 2nd Tishri Thurs-Fri Sept 21-22
    Customs: Hear the Shofar sound (except on Sabbath), Tashlikh - Cast away your sins
    What to Eat: Apples Dipped in Honey, Round Challah
    What to Say: Shanah Tovah
    Work restrictions: Sabbath-like restrictions on work both days

     

    Yom Kippur
    What it is: The Day of Atonement
    1 Day 10th Tishri Sat Sept 30
    Customs: Attend Kol Nidre Services Erev Yom Kippur (The only evening service of the year when everyone wears a talit). Attend Yizkor Services and Light Yarzheit Candles for departed members of the family
    What to Eat: Fast - Start fasting Erev Yom Kippur, before sundown, and break the fast after sundown the next day
    What to Say: G'Mar Hatimah Tova "As G-d puts His final seal on you, may it be for good!"
    Work restrictions: Sabbath-like restrictions

     

    Sukkot
    What it is: The Harvest Festival
    7 Days 15th-21 Tishri Thurs-Wed Oct 5-21
    Customs: Erect (and eat meals in the) Sukkah; Wave Symbolic Thanksgiving Offering "Festive Bouquet" made of Etrog (citron), Lulav (branch of date palm), Hadassim (myrtle) and Aravot (willows)
    What to Say: Hag Samayakh, Gut Yontif
    Work restrictions: Sabbath like restrictions on the first two and last two days

     

    Shemini Atzeret
    What it is: The Final Day of Sukkot
    1 Day 22 Tishri Thurs Oct 12
    Customs: Yizkor Services, Prayer for Rain
    What to Say: Hag Samayakh, Gut Yontif
    Work restrictions: Sabbath like restrictions

     

    Simchat Torah
    What it is: The Completion of the Torah Readings for the Year
    1 Day 23rd Tishri Fri Oct 13
    Customs: Join the Congregation as the Torahs are removed from the Ark and are carried around the Shul in celebratory dancing and singing
    What to Eat: Jelly Apples
    What to Say: Hag Samayakh, Gut Yontif
    Work restrictions: Sabbath-like restrictions

     

    Chanukah
    What it is: The Celebration of the victory of the Maccabees. Miracle of the oil that burned for 8 days
    8 Days 25 Kislev - 2 Tevet Wed-Wed Dec 13-20
    Customs: Light the Menorah, spin a dreidal
    What to Eat: Jelly Donuts, Potato Latkes
    What to Say: Hag Urim Samayakh
    Work restrictions: No work restrictions

     

    Tu B'Shevat
    What it is: Jewish New Year for Trees
    1 Day 15th Shevat Wed Jan 31
    Customs: Plant trees in Irael
    What to Eat: Grapes, Figs, Olives. Pomegranates, Dates, Carobs
    Work restrictions: No work restrictions

     

    Purim
    What it is: Haman, the King's Prime Minister, plots to kill the Jews - Queen Esther saves the Jews by sharing information she gets from Mordecai with her husband, King Ahashverus. An affirmation of Jewish survival.
    1 Day 14th Adar Thurs Mar 1
    Customs: Read the Megillah a.k.a. The Scroll of Esther, Spin a noisemaker at the mention of Haman's name, Dress up in costume, Share gifts of food and wine "Misholoach Manot" with family and friends.
    What to Eat: Hamantashen
    Work restrictions: Limited restrictions on work

     

    Passover
    What it is: Liberation of Israel from Egyptian slavery
    8 Days 15th-22nd Nisan Sat-Sat Mar 1-Apr 7
    Customs: Gather "Hametz" and remove from home, Celebrate two Passover seders, Read the Haggadah at the seders, Recite the Four Questions
    What to Eat: Matzah, Unleavened Bread - Eat only those foods permitted on or prepared for Passover
    What to Say: Hag Samayakh, Gut Yontif
    Work restrictions: Sabbath like restrictions on the first 2 and last 2 days

     

    Yom Hashoah
    What it is: Holocaust Memorial Day
    1 Day 27th Nisan Thurs April 12
    Customs: Memorial Service
    Work restrictions: No restrictions on work

     

    Yom Ha'atzmaut
    What it is: Israel's Independence Day
    1 Day 4th Iyar Thurs Apr 19
    What to Eat: Israeli Foods
    Work restrictions: No restrictions on work

     

    Lag B'Omer
    What it is: Day of celebration in the midst of a seven week period of sadness
    1 Day 18th Iyar Thurs May 13
    Customs: Picnics
    Work restrictions: No restrictions on work

     

    Shavu'ot
    What it is: The Giving of the Torah to the Jewish People
    2 Days 6th-7th Sivan Sat-Sun May 20-21
    Customs: Tikkun - Stay up late to study Torah
    What to Eat: Dairy Foods
    What to Say: Hag Samayakh, Gut Yontif
    Work restrictions: Sabbath-like work restrictions

     

    Tisha B'Av
    What it is: Commemorating the Destruction of the Temples
    1 Day 9th Av Sun July 22
    Customs: Fasting, Reading the Book of Lamentations
    What to Eat: Fast
    Work restrictions: Limited restrictions work through mid-day

     

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