Shabbat and Other Holidays
Hebrew for "Joy of Torah," a fall holiday that celebrates the completion of the yearlong Torah cycle and the commencement of a new one.
Hebrew for "15th of [the month of] Shevat," both a date and the name of a holiday celebrated on that date. A holiday that falls in January or February, it's the New Year for trees.
Hanukkah (known by many spellings) is an eight-day Jewish holiday commemorating the rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem at the time of the Maccabean Revolt of the 2nd Century BCE. It is marked by the lighting of a menorah and the eating of fried foods.
The spring holiday commemorating the Exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The Hebrew name is "Pesach."
The Jewish Sabbath, from sunset on Friday to nightfall on Saturday.
A Summer holiday commemorating the receiving of the Torah on Mount Sinai, it is also known as the Feast of Weeks, as it comes seven weeks after Passover begins.
Hebrew for "Booths," it's a fall holiday marking the harvest, like a Jewish Thanksgiving, complete with opportunities for dining and sleeping under the stars.
Hebrew for "lots," referring to the lots cast by Haman, the story's antagonist, to determine the date on which to kill the Jewish people. It's a spring holiday commemorating the Jewish people's triumph. The story is told through the biblical Book of Esther; the namesake heroine, a Jewish woman, marries the Persian king. Their interfaith relationship is central to the story.
Shabbat and some of the neglected holidays — Sukkot, Shavuot, Tu Bishvat — can be great ways to introduce Jewish partners to the beauty of Judaism. The Purim story even features an intermarried Jew as its heroine! Learn how to make these other holidays part of your intermarried life in InterfaithFamily.com's archive of articles, resources and external links.
Shabbat (every week - Friday evening through Saturday night)
Tu Bishvat (February 8, 2012)
Purim (March 8, 2012)
Shavuot (May 27, 2012)
Documents on Shabbat and Other Holidays
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Additional Resources on Celebrating Shabbat and Other Holidays
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Strassfeld, Michael. The Jewish Holidays: A Guide and Commentary
. HarperCollins, 1985. In addition to in-depth discussion of each holiday, this book includes commentaries, ideas for family holiday involvement, and suggestions for new traditions.
Wolfson, Dr. Ron. The Art of Jewish Living
. Federation of Jewish Men's Clubs, 1990. Written by a well-known family educator, this series of books includes volumes on Shabbat, Hanukkah
. Each includes recipes, crafts and family activities to enhance observance.
- Cox, Harvey. Common Prayers: Faith, Family, and a Christian's Journey Through the Jewish Year. Houghton Mifflin, 2001. Read our review.
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