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Learn about the Jewish holidays and explore the customs and traditions of Reform Jews throughout North America. Every description has dates, a brief annotation, and a good selection of related links. Includes a holiday calendar. From the Union for Reform Judaism.
Offers resources for 'contemporary Jewish liturgy and ritual' and facilitates 'access to creative innovation in Judaism.' Find information on rituals by occasion (including life cycle events, holidays, and Shabbat), symbol, content type (for example, songs or recipes), and author. Offers e-mail updates, an annotated bibliography, a glossary of symbols, and suggestions for making and sharing rituals.
The High Holy Days, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, are 'the most important of all Jewish Holidays and the only holidays that are purely religious, as they are not related to any historical or natural event.' Includes activities, stories, recipes, calendars, and information about Shofar (instrument made from ram's horn), the celebration of Sukkot, and the Yizkor service.
Shavuot-Feast of the Weeks-celebrates the harvest season in Israel exactly 7 weeks after Passover. Shavuot also commemorates the giving of the Ten Commandments at Mount Sinai. Site includes story, legends and customs.
A directory of links for the Jewish holiday Lag Ba'Omer, the 33rd day between Pesach (Passover) and Shavuot (the timing means the holiday usually occurs in late spring). The links represent a range of information about the Lag Ba'Omer, including explanations of the holiday, traditions (such as the lighting of bonfires), and biographies of Rabbi Akiva. Also includes links to sites in Hebrew, Russian, Spanish, and other languages.
From the Fifth Avenue Synagogue, this interactive Google map carefully details the exact location of these boundary markers. A community Eruv (Hebrew: ערוב) refers to the legal aggregation or 'mixture' under Jewish religious property law of separate parcels of property into a single parcel, which enables Shabbat observant Jews to carry children and belongings within it without violating the Jewish sabbath.