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Jewish Holidays. Sabbath. A time to study Torah and provide services Special foods are prepared before the onset of the Sabbath The traditional purpose of the Sabbath was a compassionate one: it was to allow everyone, even slaves and animals, regular rest. - PowerPoint PPT Presentation

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  • Origins: God rested on the 7th day of creationBegins at sunset on Friday and lasts until sunset on SaturdayJews are required to refrain from many activities: driving, answering the phone, turning on an electric light etc.A day of worship and celebration A time to study Torah and provide services Special foods are prepared before the onset of the SabbathThe traditional purpose of the Sabbath was a compassionate one: it was to allow everyone, even slaves and animals, regular rest.

  • Jewish New YearIs observed for two daysA religious event involving both festivities and serious contemplationReflection on the deeds of the past year and on the need for redemptionThe shofar, rams horn, is blownIt produces a solemn tone of warning to remind people that they stand before GodA time to pay off debts

  • Day of atonement= community ritual To atone means to make up for ones faultsThis day has traditionally been kept by prayer and strict fasting, with no food or drink during the entire daya day deeply personal and solemnIt emphasizes repentance through confession of sin Confessions are said as a group= Unity

  • Reminder of the harvestFestival of Booths (shelters)In early days it was common for families to sleep outdoors in the fields during the autumn harvest season- which enabled them to begin work in the fields early, to stay late, and to protect what they have harvested Eating or sleeping in the shelters came to symbolize the period of wandering in the desert, before the Israelites entered the land of CanaanA sukkah (Hebrew for shelter) is a shelter made of light wood it is set up in or near the homeIt is commonly decorated with branches and fruits

  • Feast of LightsRededication of the templeMenorah-a candelabrumCommemorates the Jews (Macabees) overcoming the SyriansTradition says that oil that should have lasted only one day miraculously kept burning for eight days

  • Recalls the story of EsterEster becomes a queenShe finds out that Haman is turning the king against the Jews Haman wants the king to kill the Jews Ester risks her life when she goes to the kings court without permission She saves the Jewish people from the destruction Aka Feast of LotsCustomary to have carnivals and masquerade parties

  • Aka PassoverCommemorates the Escape from EgyptThe blood of the lamb killed for the Passover meal was placed over the doors of the Hebrews keeping the angel of death from entering their homes while the power of God passed over Egypt

  • Shavuot = Pentecost Jewish PentecostAka feast of weeks Moses receives the 10 Commandments Birthday of the Jewish religion

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