Jewish Holidays, Festivals and Rememberance days

  Counting the Omer
April 7 - May 25, 2004
Count 50 days until the Torah was given at Mount Sinai, preparing for the big event with a program of introspection and self-improvement

May 26 - May 27, 2004
The Day the Torah was given -- celebrating the monumental encounter between G-d and the Israelites at Mount Sinai, an event which changed mankind forever

  Tisha B'Av and the 3 Weeks
July 6 - July 27, 2004
A Major Fast Day -- remembering the day when the Temple in Jerusalem was destroyed, not once but twice

  Rosh HaShana
September 16 - September 17, 2004
A day of sweetness - the culmination of a month-long process of coming back to G-d

  Yom Kippur
September 24 (night) - September 25, 2004
A day of atonement - the culmination of a month-long process of coming back to G-d

  Sukkoth, Shmini Atzereth & Simchath Torah
September 30 - October 8, 2004
The Festival of Booths - with Lulav and Etrog in hand, we camp out under the stars seven days and remember that G-d is our ultimate protection

December 8 - December 15, 2004
The Holiday of Lights -- celebrating the miracle of a little oil that lasted eight days, and continues to illuminate our lives to this day

  10th of Teveth
December 22, 2004
A Fast Day -- to remember the day when the Babylonians first laid siege to Jerusalem, beginning a long line of disasters for the Jewish people

  Tu B'Shvath
January 25, 2005
New Year for the Trees -- how to celebrate our connection to the environment and appreciate the fruits of the Land of Israel

March 25, 2005 (Shushan Purim - March 27, 2005)
The Holiday of Joy -- dress up, drink and be merry while remembering how the Jews of Persia narrowly escaped annihilation thanks to the bravery of Queen Esther

April 24 - May 1, 2005
The Festival of Freedom -- eat matzah, read the Haggadah, and hearken back to the days when our ancestors were slaves in Egypt

  Holocaust Remembrance Day
May 5, 2005
Holocaust Remembrance Day -- we honor the memory of the Six Million by learning about their heroism in the face of inhumanity, and exploring the roots of anti-Semitism

  Israel Memorial Day
AMay 11, 2005
Israel Memorial Day -- giving one's life in defense of the Jewish people is a mitzvah of the highest order

  Israel Independence Day
May 12, 2005
Israel Independence Day -- the historic return of the Jewish people to the Land of Israel is a modern miracle

  Lag BaOmer
May 25, 2005
"33rd day of the Omer" -- great celebration for the Jewish people, since on this day Rabbi Shimon revealed the fundamental Kabbalistic teachings of "The Zohar."

  Yom Yerushalayim
June 4, 2005
On the anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem, we remember the special significance of the Holy City, and why it is the capital of the Jewish nation

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