Celebrating Jewish Holidays
The Jewish day begins at...
- In Jewish tradition, the day begins at sunset.
What is the holiday that celebrates the liberation of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt?
- Passover celebrates the story of the Exodus, when Moses led the Jewish people out of slavery in Egypt. It is usually celebrated in the spring.
What is the Sabbath in the Jewish calendar?
- The Sabbath, or Shabbat, is a day of rest that starts at sunset on Friday and ends at nightfall on Saturday.
What is the holiday that celebrates the miracle of the oil that burned for eight days in the ancient Temple?
- Hanukkah celebrates the rededication of the Temple in Jerusalem after it was desecrated by the Greeks. The holiday lasts for eight days and is usually celebrated in December.
What is the holiday that celebrates the Jewish people's survival against an evil plot to destroy them in ancient Persia?
- Purim celebrates the story of Esther and how she saved the Jewish people from Haman's plot to destroy them. The holiday is usually celebrated in February or March.
What is the holiday that celebrates the fall harvest and the Jewish people's wandering in the desert?
- Sukkot is a harvest festival that celebrates the Jewish people's wandering in the desert. It is usually celebrated in September or October.
What is a leap year in the Jewish calendar?
- A year with an extra month is correct. The Jewish calendar adds a second month of Adar in leap years.
What is the holiday that marks the end of the High Holy Days?
- Sukkot marks the end of the High Holy Days, which includes Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. It is a time for joy and celebration.
What is the first month of the Jewish calendar year?
- Even though Nissan is considered the first month for the purpose of counting the yearly cycle of festivals, Tishri is the beginning of the civil year.
What is the holiday that celebrates the new year for trees?
- Tu B'Shevat is the new year for trees, which usually falls in January or February. It is a time for planting trees and celebrating the beauty of nature.