Jewish Holidays. Sabbath. A time to study Torah and provide services Special foods are prepared before the onset of the Sabbath The traditional purpose of the Sabbath was a compassionate one: it was to allow everyone, even slaves and animals, regular rest.
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A time to study Torah and provide services
Special foods are prepared before the onset of the Sabbath
The traditional purpose of the Sabbath was a compassionate one: it was to allow everyone, even slaves and animals, regular rest.
Origins: God rested on the 7th day of creation
Begins at sunset on Friday and lasts until sunset on Saturday
Jews are required to refrain from many activities: driving, answering the phone, turning on an electric light etc.
A day of worship and celebration
Is observed for two days
A religious event involving both festivities and serious contemplation
Reflection on the deeds of the past year and on the need for redemption
The shofar, ram’s horn, is blown
It produces a solemn tone of warning to remind people that they stand before God
A time to pay off debts
Festival of Booths (shelters)
In early days it was common for families to sleep outdoors in the fields during the autumn harvest season-
which enabled them to begin work in the fields early, to stay late, and to protect what they have harvested
Eating or sleeping in the shelters came to symbolize the period of wandering in the desert, before the Israelites entered the land of Canaan
A sukkah (Hebrew for shelter) is a shelter made of light wood
it is set up in or near the home
It is commonly decorated with branches and fruits
Feast of Lights
Tradition says that oil that should have lasted only one day miraculously kept burning for eight days
Ester becomes a queen
She finds out that Haman is turning the king against the Jews
Haman wants the king to kill the Jews
Ester risks her life when she goes to the king’s court without permission
She saves the Jewish people from the destruction
Aka Feast of Lots
Customary to have carnivals and masquerade parties