Hanukkah (Judiasm) Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights (and the Festival of Dedication), commemorates the victory of Judah the Maccabee and religious freedom, and the rededication of the Templein 165 BCE. It also celebrates the power of God and the faithfulness of Israel. Suspension of work is not required.
Simhat Torah (Judaism) Simhat Torah, (Rejoicing of the Law) is the beginning of the synagogue’s annual Torah reading cycle. Reform Jews celebrate it along with Shmini Atzeret.
Shmini Atzeret (Judaism) Shmini Atzeret, the eighth day of assembly, is a separate holiday concluding Sukkoth and the entire fall holiday season. It marks the beginning of winter in the land of Israel.
Sukkot (Judaism) Sukkot, a pilgrimage feast and a time of thanksgiving, celebrates God’s presence in creation among the Jewish people.