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Celebrations are highly important in the Jewish religion. Jewish celebrations can be about the miracles that happened to the Jewish ancestors, or about a boy becoming a man. Some Jewish holidays are very common, while others are unheard of. Though these celebrations vary in many ways, most of them deal with God. Since there are hundreds of Jewish celebrations, we narrowed down the top three.
Chanukah is a very important holiday in the Jewish religion. Chanukah is the Jewish festival of rededication and is also known as the festival of lights. This celebration started 2,300 years ago, when the Maccabees defeated the Syrians after three years of fighting. The Maccabees reclaimed their temple, and wanted to light the eternal light, but all they found was a little bit of oil enough for only one day. Then, a miracle happened, when the lamp stayed lit for eight days. Jews celebrate Chanukah because they remember the time when the Maccabees defeated the Syrians. This celebration lasts eight days because of the miraculous lamp.
Rosh Hashanah is another important Jewish holiday. Rosh Hashanah means the head of the year, and it celebrates the anniversary of the creation of the world. This holiday is celebrated the first and second day of September or October, depending on the solar calendar. Rosh Hashanah is the day on which God created Man. Each Rosh Hashanah, the Jews proclaim God as their one and true King. If us humans have been good to God, He then decides if we deserve another year.
Yom Kippur is one of the most important holidays in the Jewish religion. Jews that don’t celebrate other Jewish holidays take time off from work to attend Synagogues or fast on this day. This celebration takes place the 10th day of the month Tishri. This day means “Day of Atonement,” which is self-explanatory. This celebration can only repent the sins committed between man and God, not the sins committed between two men.