Jewish Holidays

Jewish Holidays

Jewish Holidays

Beliefnet is the leading website covering religion and spirituality. We offer a rich range of resources to help you understand and celebrate the major and minor holidays of the Jewish calendar. Learn traditional practices for each Jewish holiday, as well as contemporary interpretations of the holidays. As you move through the Jewish calendar, you'll find help with basic observances, inspiration from personal stories, and wisdom from rabbinic teachings for Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah, Hanukkah, Tu B'Shevat, Purim, Passover, Lag B'Omer, Shavuot, and Tisha B'Av, as well as contemporary observances such as Yom HaShoah. Please choose a holiday below to explore more about Jewish holidays.


Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur Primer

Don't know tashlich from Tishrei? Don't understand why your Jewish co-workers seem to take off an awful lot this time of year? Read this High Holiday primer.

The Meaning of Yom Kippur

The lessons of the Day of Atonement. By Rabbi David Wolpe

Heart of the Sukkah

My first Sukkah provided a place to mourn and to heal after the death of my son. By Rodger Kamenetz

Simchat Torah

How I fell in love with the Torah at first sight. By Mary Blye Howe


Hanukkah Wonders and Miracles

After the candles, latkes, gelt, and gifts, what else do I want my family to take away from Hanukkah? By Lisa Schamess

A Hannukah Message for Today

Jews in every age have found their own unique meaning in Hanukkah. What's the best Hanukkah lesson for today? By Rabbi Irving Greenberg


All About Passover

Meaning, symbolism, customs, and other Passover basics

How to Make a Seder Plate

Explore Beliefnet's interactive seder plate

Passover's Real Meaning

Video: Watch Rabbi David Wolpe explain the heart of the Passover story.


Beliefnet's Jewish Holidays Coverage

Learn more about Purim, Lag B'Omer, Shavuot, Tisha B'Av, Yom HaShoah, and many other Jewish holidays with Beliefnet's complete Judaism section.