Melva Lea Beacham
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Jewish Holiday Calendar
The Jewish calendar begins with Rosh Hashana (New Year), which usually occurs in September or October. Thus, the Jewish Year straddles two years of the civil calendar.
Jewish Holidays 5772 – Dates in 2011-2012
September 29-30, 2011
A two-day festival during which work is not permitted.
October 8, 2011
The most solemn day of the Jewish year.
Festival of Booths
Oct 13-19, 2011
Sukkot or The Feast of Tabernacles, commemorates the years that the Jews spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land, and celebrates the way in which God took special care of them under impossible conditions. Sukkot lasts for seven days, and work is not permitted on the first two days.
October 20, 2011
Shemini Atzeret can be translated as “the assembly of the eighth (day).” In Israel the festival is combined with Simchat Torah.
October 21, 2011
Simchat Torah means “Rejoicing in the Torah.” This holiday marks the completion of the yearly cycle of weekly Torah readings.
December 21-28, 2011
Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights and marks the restoration of the temple by the Maccabees in 164 BCE. Hanukkah is celebrated at roughly the same time as Christmas, but there is no connection at all between the festivals.
February 8, 2012
The Jewish New Year for trees – For religious accounting purposes all trees have their anniversaries on this festival, regardless of when they were planted.
March 8, 2012
Purim commemorates the time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination by the courage of a young Jewish woman called Esther.
April 7-14, 2012
The start of the season of Passover when Jews commemorate the liberation of the Children of Israel who were led out of Egypt by Moses. Work is not permitted on the first two and the last two days of Passover
April 19, 2012
The Jewish Holocaust Memorial Day. The date is chosen as the closest date (in the Jewish calendar) to the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising.
April 25, 2012
A day of remembrance on the day preceding Israel’s Independence Day.
April 26, 2012
(May 14, 1948)
May 10, 2012
A minor holiday on the 33rd day of the Omer commemorating a break in the plague during the lifetime of Rabbi Akiva.
May 27-28, 2012
Shavuot is a two-day festival that marks the time when the first harvest was taken to the Temple. Also known as the Festival of Weeks. Work is not permitted for the duration of the festival.
July 29, 2012
A solemn day that commemorates a series of tragedies that have befallen the Jewish people over the years, including the destruction of both the first and second Temples which occured on this date.
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