Jewish Holidays and Festivals


Judaism is rich with celebrations, recalling its encounters with God, momentous historical events, and divine promises and commandments. Jewish festivals run the gamut from somber and penitent, to exuberant and carnivalesque. Each has its own traditions, practices, greetings, and spiritual focus.

Here Patheos writers explore the spiritual depths of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur and Sukkot, Chanukah and Purim, Passover and Shavuot, and more. What do they mean today? Why is it important to keep these memories alive? How are they continuing to shape the community?

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