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September 7, 2010 at 10:41 am #5026

Unregistered

Very helpful site; very well-designed. Thank you for setting it up.

September 10, 2010 at 1:00 am #5032

Unregistered

I’m a Christian but I love Jews! and I love this! This is awesome!

November 25, 2010 at 3:20 am #5242

roz bettis

This article was very informative. I was trying to determine when it began, so I could give a gift to a person special to me. I am not of the faith and wanted to bE politically correct
Thank you

December 20, 2010 at 1:06 am #5319

Pamela

What a WONDERFUL website! (-: Very informative and helpful. I have enjoyed reading about all of the upcoming Jewish Holidays for 2011. (-: Thank you!

January 9, 2011 at 2:16 am #5375

Sybille

Thank you so much for this wonderful guide.

January 26, 2011 at 6:40 pm #5434

Kenneth Hamilton

Thank you for this valuable info. May our Lord bless you and your efforts for Him

February 24, 2011 at 5:05 pm #5515

cheryl

Thank you for the information on Holiday dates. I learned over the last few years that I have a jewish Genetic disease. I was raised protestant and converted to Catholic 2 yrs. ago. I feel in my heart and sould that I am an Ashkenazi Jew and feel so proud. I try to make all the Jewish friends I can and ask them all sorts of questions. I was diagnosed over 30 years ago and no one ever told me it was a Jewish disease or perhaps at the time they did not know. I am convinced my parents never knew and their parents where they felt it was safe.

February 24, 2011 at 6:19 pm #5516

Mary Ann

Thanks for a great overview! I am a Christian woman dating a Jewish man and would like to learn as much as possible about Jewish holidays and customs. I attended my first Seder last year and it was wonderful. I really appreciate the explanation of the meanings associated with the symbols, foods and traditions for each holiday!

April 21, 2011 at 6:38 pm #5731

Linda Hopkins

I am looking for the name of a Jewish holiday where the table is set with one place that no one sit’s at. This is to acknowledge the waiting for the Messiah. Is there such a day?

April 21, 2011 at 6:50 pm #5732

Benjamin Maron

Linda,

I believe the holiday you are wondering about is Passover. The custom is to set an extra wine cup on the table (though not a full place setting) for Elijah (in Hebrew, Eliyahu). Elijah will visit each home during the Passover seder nights as a foreshadowing of his future arrival at the end of the days, when he will come to announce the coming of the Messiah. This cup represents all the “unfinished business” of our world, or the Messianic hope for redemption.

April 23, 2011 at 8:11 pm #5738

I am asking a question!

So which holidays do Jewish children get off from school for?

April 24, 2011 at 1:04 pm #5741

Benjamin Maron

Good question!

Generally speaking, there are two types of Jewish holidays: those on which we can work and those on which we do not work. Going to school falls within the realm of “work.”

Holidays on which we do not work are Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot*, Simchat Torah/Shemini Atzeret, Passover** and Shavuot. (And, of course, Shabbat. Good thing schools aren’t open on Saturdays!)

Depending on the family’s religious observance (including the Jewish denomination to which they affiliate), the children may or may not go to school on those holidays.

*Additionally, Reform follows one day of holidays, while the other denominations follow two days. So, for example, the first day of Sukkot and Passover are the “don’t work” holiday if you’re Reform, but the first two days of Sukkot and Passover are the “don’t work” holiday if you’re Conservative or Orthodox.

**The end of Passover is also a “don’t work” holiday. Reform holds that Passover is seven days, and the seventh day is also a “don’t work” day. Other denominations hold that Passover is 8 days and consider the last two days “don’t work” days.

I hope this helps!
Benjamin

June 15, 2011 at 5:45 pm #5872

pamela hellard

SHALOAM please tell me what month in english is this?I think its the FEASTS OF UNLEAVENED BREAD.I came across this web site just looking for the month of ABIB.THANK YOU.

June 15, 2011 at 6:44 pm #5873

Benjamin Maron

pamela: The word “Aviv” (with the letters “vet” not “bet” (which would make it “Abib”)) was used in the Torah, but not much since then, as the name of a spring month. (Aviv is the masculine form of the word for “spring” in Hebrew.) The month has been known as Nisan for quite some time now.

Passover falls during the month of Nisan which is in the spring, usually overlapping with March-April in our calendar. Passover is the holiday in which we eat matzah – unleavened bread.

June 26, 2011 at 7:15 am #5899

Unregistered

Thank you for this! I am a Christian, but have employees of several religions. This was very helpful so I can be respectful of Jewish holidays as to time off for Jewish employees to observe their holidays. Thank you!

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