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April 10, 2009 at 4:19 pm #2419

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November 10, 2009 at 4:12 pm #4014

Unregistered

would you happen to know anything about Lag b’omer?

November 10, 2009 at 4:26 pm #4015

Ruth Abrams

We’ve only run a few pieces about Lag B’Omer on the site: an overview of the holiday with recipes, a blog post with a video of someone getting a haircut on the holiday (that’s customary, as are picnics and weddings.)

It’s a difficult to explain holiday. The Omer is the seven week period between Passover and Shavuot, a period Jews marked with some mourning customs, and the word “lag” is actually an acronym for the Hebrew letters that stand for the number 33. It’s not totally obvious why the 33rd day is an exception to those customs. There’s a complicated story about the Bar Kochba rebellion against the Romans in the land of Israel in 132-136 CE that is supposed to explain the holiday. I recommend the explanation on My Jewish Learning, which is pretty complete.

One reason people on our site might be interested in the holiday is that it’s a day when many couples get married. If one observes the mourning practices of the rest of the Omer, one wouldn’t get married during those weeks–except on the 33rd day. Hope all these links are helpful!

December 6, 2009 at 5:27 am #4091

Michelle

I enjoyed reading about all of your holidays. I am christian but I believe Jesus Christ was jewish!

December 31, 2009 at 3:24 pm #4167

zzkirb

We are starting a study of world religions at our church and your site is a treasure of information presented in an understandable and interesting format. Shaloam!

January 24, 2010 at 5:48 pm #4265

Unregistered

when is the feast of trumpets?

January 24, 2010 at 5:57 pm #4266

Ruth Abrams
Unregistered wrote:
when is the feast of trumpets?

I’m going to guess that you are thinking of Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, on which people listen to the ram’s horn (in Hebrew called a shofar.) I have a brief blurb on the holiday here on the Jewish Holidays Cheat Sheet, and a longer Guide to the High Holidays if you want more information. In some congregations, they do blow more than one shofar at the same time–especially for the last time the shofar is sounded after the last service on Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement.

January 25, 2010 at 2:57 am #4268

Unregistered

my sunday school class is studing jewis holidays. and i am to find out about the lights. why 8 , and about the menorah

January 25, 2010 at 3:58 am #4269

Debbie B.

To the unregistered person above, do a Google search on ‘Hanukkah” (also transliterated from the Hebrew as “Chanukah”).  The Wikipedia article probably has more information than you need:
  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hanukkah

Frankly, I find it annoying that Christians and even non-observant Jews think that Hanukkah is a major holiday, when unlike Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Passover, Shavuot, or Sukkot, it is not even important enough that it has any day that requires abstaining from “work”, except for the Sabbath that will occur at least once during the eight days, but that’s the same as for any week. In the US, Hanukkah gets more attention than it deserves because of its proximity in the calendar to Christmas.

If you really want to learn about important jewish holidays read about the above holidays in the IFF “Cheat Sheet” as the head of this thread.

March 6, 2010 at 3:29 pm #4405

Carlos T.

I came across your website while on a google search for the current Shabbat reading.Very informative, and well done!It has helped me to re-engage with my Jewish roots ,as my ancesters were”conversos”in Spain.Shalom!

March 10, 2010 at 2:20 am #4426

Melinda

The article is great. I am wondering when the different feast are and why you celebrate them.

March 10, 2010 at 2:30 am #4427

Ruth Abrams

I’ve included links at the end of each of these short snippets that will tell you more of the “why” of each one. I’ve included the dates for the holidays–if you are writing a paper, it’s probably OK to say “in the spring” or “in the fall” for each one. The holidays aren’t in sync with the secular calendar because the Jewish calendar is set up so that they’ll fall at the same phase of the sun (the season of the year) and of the moon, each year. So the Passover seder will always be a full moon in the spring.

April 15, 2010 at 2:24 pm #4532

Unregistered

I did not see Shemini Atzeret on your Jewish holidays. Can you give me some information on it?

April 15, 2010 at 2:41 pm #4533

Ruth Abrams
Unregistered wrote:
I did not see Shemini Atzeret on your Jewish holidays. Can you give me some information on it?

The eighth day of Sukkot is called Shemini Atzeret, which means the Eighth Day of Assembly. Technically this is a separate holiday. Some congregations  also do the last holiday of the cycle, Simchat Torah, on the same day, and some do it the day after. Simchat Torah, the day of rejoicing in the Torah, is the day that Jewish communities all over the world finish their annual cycle of readings from the Bible and begin it again. These definitions come from an older article I wrote about Sukkot on our site. You can also find more on these end-of-Sukkot holidays here on http://www.MyJewishLearning.com.

June 4, 2010 at 3:26 pm #4686

Carol Hobson

what a wonderful site to come across. I’m learning so much, and feel like I just can’t get enough. thank you.

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