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Simchat Torah

 Simchat Torah, the last day of Sukkut. The last passage in the Torah is read and then the first passage in the Torah is immediately read. 

There are dancing and singing around the synagogues and streets carying the Torah scrolls: Hakafot . Many people are given the honor of carrying a Torah scroll in the Hakafot..

, the last day of Sukkut. The last passage in the Torah is read and then the first passage in the Torah is immediately read.
There are dancing and singing around the synagogues and streets carying the Torah scrolls: Hakafot . Many people are given the honor of carrying a Torah scroll in the Hakafot..

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Rosh Hashana

 Rosh Hashana is the Jewish New Year.  "Rosh Hashana" means Head of the Year.. Rosh Hashana occurs on the first and second days of  Tishrei on the Jewish calendar (which usually falls sometime in September or October). 

On Rosh Hashanah, God opens the Books of Life and Death. Jews ask to be forgiven for their sins in the hope that God will give them a good signing in the Book of Life for the coming year. 
On Rosh Hashana, most of the day is spent praying in synagogue and the most important  mitzvah of Rosh Hashana is to hear the sounding of the the shofar, if Rosh Hashana falls on the Sabbath, the shofar is not blown. 
On Rosh Hashana we eat round challah, which symbolizes completion and apple dipped into honey to symbolize hope for a sweet new year. 
On Rosh Hashana we greed " Shana Tova " : Good Year and "Chatima Tova" : Good Signing in the Book of Life. 
Another  Rosh HaShana custom is the Tashlich:  Jews walk to flowing water, say a prayer, and symbolically throw their sins into the water. 
On Rosh HaShana, God signs one in the Book of Life and on Yom Kippur god seals the book. Therefore, during the ten days between Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur: "Ten Days of Repentance" we engage in intense introspection.

 

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Jewish Holidays Calendar

Central to the life style of the Jewish community is the Jewish calendar which marks important traditional events throughout the year.

Judaism is based on a lunar calendar which predates the standard Gregorian calendar by more the 3,700 years.

Months are marked by the appearance of the moon rather than using a fixed number of months each year.

The Jewish week begins on Sunday ending Saturday, the Sabbath and the Jewish day begins at sundown rather than midnight. The Sabbath lasts from sundown Friday until sundown Saturday.

Jewish Holidays Calendar 

 

 

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