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Jewish Holidays


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2019

Major holidays

Holidays begin at sundown on the evening before the date specified.

Dates in bold are yom tov, so they have similar obligations and restrictions to Shabbat in the sense that normal “work” is forbidden.

Holiday Dates Description
Purim  Th Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar
Pesach  Sa‑Su
 M‑Th
 F‑Sa
Passover, the Feast of Unleavened Bread
Shavuot  Su‑M Festival of Weeks, commemorates the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai
Tish’a B’Av  Su The Ninth of Av, fast commemorating the destruction of the two Temples
Rosh Hashana  M‑Tu The Jewish New Year
Yom Kippur  W Day of Atonement
Sukkot  M‑Tu
 W‑Su
Feast of Tabernacles
Shmini Atzeret  M Eighth Day of Assembly
Simchat Torah  Tu Day of Celebrating the Torah
Chanukah  M‑M The Jewish festival of rededication, also known as the Festival of Lights

Minor holidays

Holiday Dates Description
Tu BiShvat  M New Year for Trees
Purim Katan  Tu Minor Purim celebration during Adar I on leap years
Shushan Purim  F Purim celebrated in Jerusalem and walled cities
Pesach Sheni  Su Second Passover, one month after Passover
Lag BaOmer  Th 33rd day of counting the Omer
Tu B’Av  F minor Jewish holiday of love, observed on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Av
Leil Selichot Sep 21 Sa Prayers for forgiveness in preparation for the High Holidays

Minor fasts

Holiday Dates Description
Ta’anit Esther Mar 20 W Fast of Esther
Ta’anit Bechorot Apr 19 F Fast of the First Born
Tzom Tammuz Jul 21 Su Fast commemorating breaching of the walls of Jerusalem before the destruction of the Second Temple
Tzom Gedaliah Oct 2 W Fast of the Seventh Month, commemorates the assassination of the Jewish governor of Judah

Modern holidays

Holiday Dates Description
Yom HaShoah  Th Holocaust Memorial Day
Yom HaZikaron  W Israeli Memorial Day
Yom HaAtzma’ut  Th Israeli Independence Day
Yom Yerushalayim  Su Jerusalem Day
Yom HaAliyah  Tu Recognizes Aliyah, immigration to the Jewish State of Israel
Sigd  W Ethiopian Jewish holiday occurring 50 days after Yom Kippur

Special Shabbatot

Holiday Dates Description
Shabbat Shekalim  Sa Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Adar
Shabbat Zachor  Sa Shabbat before Purim
Shabbat Parah  Sa Shabbat of the Red Heifer
Shabbat HaChodesh  Sa Shabbat before Rosh Chodesh Nissan
Shabbat HaGadol  Sa Shabbat before Pesach
Shabbat Chazon  Sa Shabbat before Tish’a B’Av (Shabbat of Prophecy/Shabbat of Vision)
Shabbat Nachamu  Sa Shabbat after Tish’a B’Av (Shabbat of Consolation)
Shabbat Shuva  Sa Shabbat that falls between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (Shabbat of Returning)

Rosh Chodesh

Holiday Dates Description
Rosh Chodesh Sh’vat  M Beginning of new Hebrew month of Sh’vat
Rosh Chodesh Adar  Tu Beginning of new Hebrew month of Adar
Rosh Chodesh Adar II  Th Beginning of new Hebrew month of Adar II (on leap years)
Rosh Chodesh Nisan  Sa Beginning of new Hebrew month of Nisan
Rosh Chodesh Iyyar  Su Beginning of new Hebrew month of Iyyar
Rosh Chodesh Sivan  Tu Beginning of new Hebrew month of Sivan
Rosh Chodesh Tamuz  W Beginning of new Hebrew month of Tamuz
Rosh Chodesh Av  F Beginning of new Hebrew month of Av
Rosh Chodesh Elul  Sa Beginning of new Hebrew month of Elul
Rosh Chodesh Cheshvan  Tu Beginning of new Hebrew month of Cheshvan
Rosh Chodesh Kislev  Th Beginning of new Hebrew month of Kislev
Rosh Chodesh Tevet  Sa Beginning of new Hebrew month of Tevet