Jewish Holy Days
Terence O. Roberts
August 20, 2012
Jewish Holy Days
Judaism goes back over two thousand years or more. It really depends on the source you site. Within the Jewish community the week is sanctified by the Sabbath so are the months as well as the entire year are sanctified by holy days. Each holy day is marked with an emotional tone such as happiness, sadness, repentance and gratitude. Some of the holy days within the Jewish community include Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kipper, Sukkot, Hanukkah, Purim, Passover and Shavuot. Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year which occurs in autumn and recalls the creation of the world. This occurs at the end of the agricultural season. This gives people a chance to meet and consider their obligations as well as pay off their debts. Before the Jewish New Year there is a month of daily blowing of the shofar (ram’s horn) which blows a solemn tone. This tone reminds one that he/she stands before god. Yom Kipper is not one of the most popular Jewish holidays that is celebrated during the “ten days” Jewish worship week yet it is most sacred. Also known as the Day of Atonement. This day is marked with prayer and strict fasting. This means neither food nor drink all day. Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kipper are considered high holy days. This entire period is called the Days of Awe because of the solemn mood. Sukkot occurs during harvest season. This is where families would actually go and sleep in the field. This served several purposes. Some of which were so they could start work early, stay in the fields later, as well as protect their harvest. This symbolized the wandering period in the desert. The eighth day of this festival is called the Day of Rejoicing. This festival marks the end of the cycle of Torah. Hanukkah (Feast of Dedication) is in early winter festival full of joy. This is a joyous occasion since it falls in the gloom of winter. This one is called the Feast of Lights....
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