Jewish Holidays. By: Abbie John & Emma Hourdakis. Rosh Hashanah. Rosh Hashanah & How it Originated.
By: Abbie John & Emma Hourdakis
In tradition, on Rosh Hashanah, the people use ram’s horns to make a shofar. They blow into the shofar 100 times each day.
Yom Kippur is known as the Day of Atonement. It marks the culmination of the 10 Days of Awe. According to tradition it is the day that God decides each person’s fate, so Jews are encouraged to ask for forgiveness for sins they have mad in the past year. Both Yom Kippur and Rosh Hashanah are known as Judaism’s “High Holy Days.”
Yom Kippur is a day of forgiveness, therefore you are pure, like angels. It is custom to wear white on Yom Kippur, to appear like angels.
It is custom that people fast on Yom Kippur. This is because today is a day to be like angels, and angels do not eat. However, it is forbidden to fast on Erev Yom Kippur, the day before Yom Kippur. Jewish law actually states that they must feast the day before Yom Kippur.
Passover is an eight day festival that celebrates the early spring. It celebrates their freedom from the Egyptians.
The text of Passover is written in a book called the haggadah. The haggadah tells the story of the Exodus from Egypt and explains some of the practices and symbols of the holiday.
Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday celebrated for eight days and eight nights. It starts on the 25th of the Jewish month of Kislev, which coincides with late-November late-December on the secular calendar.
A long time ago, Greeks took over the region of the Jews. They worshipped Zeus and made the people worship him too. They made the Jews worship idols and to eat pig's meat. Both these things are against Judaism. Mattathias, a priest, was being forced to do these things. Mattathias refused. A villager said that he would do it for Mattathias. He got mad and killed both the Greek and villager. Mattathias went to hide. Later, they got control of the lands.
Hanukkah oil is celebrated every year when Jews light a special menorah for eight days. One candle is lit on the first night of Hanukkah, two on the second, and so on, until eight candles are lit.