Shavuot: Gifts from God

Quick Facts Summary: a Jewish harvest festival that also commemorates the giving of the Torah 2018 Date: 8th – 10th June (sunset to sunset) Celebrated by: Jews Linked Holidays: Pesach / Passover, Sukkot (Judaism), Pentecost (Christianity) Background and Theological Significance Shavuot (in Hebrew, שבועות), literally meaning the Festival of Weeks, is one of the most […]

Easter: He Is Risen

Quick Facts Summary: a Christian festival celebrating the resurrection of Jesus Christ 2019 Date: 21st April Celebrated by: Christians, Westerners Linked Holidays: Holy Week (Christianity), Passover (Judaism) Background and Theological Significance Easter refers to the Sunday on which the Resurrection of Christ is celebrated by Christians. It marks the end of Holy Week; which is […]

Rosh Hashanah: The Head of the Year

Summary: The Jewish New Year celebration 2018 Date: 9th – 11th September (sunset to sunset) Celebrated by: Jews, the State of Israel Linked Holidays: Yom Kippur, Jewish High Holy Days Rosh Hashanah (in Hebrew, רֹאשׁ הַשָּׁנָה, meaning ‘the head of the year’) is the Jewish New Year festival that marks the beginning of the civil […]

Tisha B’Av: Commemorating Tragedy

Quick Facts Summary: a Jewish fast day that commemorates the destruction of the Jerusalem Temples   2018 Date: 21st – 22nd July (sunset to sunset)   Celebrated by: Jews, the State of Israel   Linked Holidays: The Three Weeks and the Nine Days   Background and Theological Significance Tisha B’Av (in Hebrew, תִּשְׁעָה בְּאָב) literally […]

Yom Hashoah: Remembering Destruction

Quick Facts   Summary: a commemoration for Jews killed during the Holocaust   2018 Date: 11th-12th April (sundown to sundown)   Celebrated by: Jews, the State of Israel   Linked Holidays: International Holocaust Remembrance Day (worldwide)   Background and Theological Significance   Yom HaShoah, or in full Yom Hazikaron laShoah ve-laG’vurah (יום הזיכרון לשואה ולגבורה), […]

My Experience as a Jew at Passover

By Sarah Levy Unlike other Jewish festivals, Passover does not involve presents, delicious foods, sweets, dancing or games. Instead there are very strict dietary restrictions, long services and a strong emphasis on history. It may, therefore, seem surprising that Passover has always been my favourite of the approximately 16 main Jewish festivals marked each year. […]