Shavuot (Judaism) Shavuot (Weeks, the plural of the Hebrew word for seven) marks the conclusion of the period of send weeks that follows Pesah. Shavuot commemorates the giving of the Torah to the Israelites and the completion of God’s purpose to create a special people. It is celebrated for two days in the Diaspora (the [...]
Yom HaShoah (Judaism) Yom HaShoah is held in memory of the six million Jews who died as victims of Nazi atrocities (World War II).
Pesah or Passover (Judaism) Pesah or Passover commemorates the departure of the Israelites from Egypt. It is celebrated for eight days; the first two and the last two days are holidays. The evenings of the 19th and 20th begin with Seders (festive meals and the telling of the Passover story). In Israel and among Reform [...]
Purim (Judaism) Purim celebrates victory over an oppressive ruler, as related in the Book of Esther, which is read at this time. Suspension of work is not required.