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Jewish Days of Observance
Ayanna James
University of Phoenix
REL/134
Phillip Gaethe
July 20, 2010

In this paper, the Jewish days of observance, the time of year they take place, the historical origin, and the religious practices associated with the Jewish holy days will be disucced. The Jewish holidays Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot are ancient fall festivals. Hanukkah and Purim are winter festivals. The Passover and Shavuot are spring festivals. These Jewish festivals take up more than a third of the year.

The first holy day is Rosh Hashanah “today is the birthday of the world” (Francine Klagsbrun, 1996) which is the Jewish New Year. The Rosh Hashanah takes place in the seventh month of Tishrei. On this day, Jews come together and reflect on his or her life, bearing responsibility for their actions. The Rosh Hashanah “teaches that Jews have an opportunity to look into themselves, take stock of their behaviors, and change what they know to be wrong” (Francine Klagsbrun, 1996). The New Year represents “spiritual cleaning” and “banishing evil” and is not celebrated with partying, merrymaking, singing and fun as many of the Jewish festivals are. The Rosh Hashanah “is one of subdued joyfulness” (Cardozo Arlene, 1982). Friends wish each other “L‘ Shanah Tovak Tikatayvou” (may you be inscibed for a good year) and toast with wine too L’Chaim (life). Shofar sounds blasts three times during synagogue service that symbolize the Rosh Hashanah holiday theme. The sounds of the shofar “stir people towards repentance” (Francine Klagsbrun, 1996). The Rosh Hashanah is the only holiday that is celebrated for two days.

Following the Rosh Hashanah is the Yom Kippur the tenth day of the Tishrei. The Yom Kippur is a sacred occasion when “you shall practice self-denial” (Francine Klagsbrun, 1996) and is no laughing matter. One must deny themselves of washing, marital intercourse, eating, drinking, wearing shoes, and anointing. “All of theses activities are...
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