Jewish Holidays

On a private tour of Israel, your guide can make sure you partake in some of these celebrations and experience these ancient traditions as they are manifested in modern day:

Rosh Ha'Shanah

Rosh Hashanah marks the beginning of the Jewish year. It's celebrated on the Hebrew month of Tishrei, which coincides with late September or early October.

Yom Kipur - Day of Atonement

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holiest and most important holiday in Judaism. It is a day of fasting and prayer that is held on the 10th of the Hebrew month of Tishrei, 10 days after Rosh Hashanah.

Sukkot Yom Kipur

Sukkot, the Feast of Booths, is the third holiday in the Hebrew month of Tishrei and is one of the most important Jewish holidays. That's because it's one of the three pilgrimage holidays when, back in antiquity, the whole Jewish people would come to Jerusalem, to the Temple, and offer animal and grain sacrifices. Sukkot is a particularly joyous holiday that combines religious and agricultural elements.

Chanukah

Chanukah's origin, unlike most of the major Jewish holidays, is not in the Bible. Rather, it originates in the later fight against the ancient Greeks. This is a holiday that lasts eight days and begins on the 25th of Kislev (usually around Christmas).

Tu Be'Shvat

Tu Be’Shvat's origin is in the Mishna, which was written in the early 3rd century CE. It is primarily an agricultural holiday that marks the New Year of Trees.

Purim

Purim is one of the most colorful holidays in Jewish tradition, with its religious precepts actually including being happy, holding a carnival and even getting drunk. Purim is A very busy holiday in Israel with many happenings and activities throughout the country. Much like in Halloween, everyone young to old get their costumes on and go out to the streets.

Passover - Pesach

Pesach, or Passover, is another of the three pilgrimage holidays, along with Sukkot and Shavuot. It marks the Israelites' exodus from Egypt. Since the destruction of the Temple, some of the holiday's traditions have been retained while others have been added.

Lag Ba'Omer

Lag Ba'Omer is the 33rd day of the counting of the Omer, which starts on the second night of Pesach and ends on Shavuot. The counting of the Omer is a ritual that dates back to ancient times, when the Temple still stood in Jerusalem.
During the count of the Omer, it is customary for many observing and orthodox Jews to stop shaving, and to postpone weddings and personal celebrations, as part of a period of mourning.
As a widely accepted tradition it is customary to mark Lag Ba'Omer with bonfires. During the night of Lag Ba'Omer you will smell the burning of wood throughout most of Israel.

Shavuot

Shavuot, the "Holiday of Weeks", is one of the three Jewish pilgrimage holidays, along with Pesach and Sukkot, where at the time of the temple, Jews would go to the great temple in Jerusalem.
This holidays marks the harvest of the yearly crops. Its name is derived from the the count of the Omer that take 7 weeks.
In Israel it became a custom to eat all kinds of food made of dairy, in order to celebrate the "Land of Milk and Honey".

Tisha Be'Av

Tisha Be'Av is a day of mourning, marking the destruction of the First Temple in 586 BCE by Nebuchadnezzar, King of Babylon, and the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE by Titus, the Roman Emperor. This date also marks the beginning of the expulsion of Jews from Spain in 1492 by order of the Spanish monarchy.

 

Jewish Tours

Should you wish to explore Israel with a greater focus on the Jewish tradition, as part of the many types of tours I offer, you may find the Jewish Tours to your liking.

 

When Is It?

Here you can find an updated list of National and Jewish holidays.

In Israel It is important to take into consideration the different holidays since during holidays public transportation and some tourist sites are closed. The same applies to every Saturday (Shabat).

 

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