The beginning of the holiday
All Jewish holidays start the evening before the actual date. The reason
is that a Jewish “day” starts with sunset and finishes with the next sunset,
and therefore not starts and finishes at midnight. When you read the story
of the Creation in Genesis 1, you will notice that there is written: “And the
evening and the morning were …” (From that we have concluded that a day
starts at night, this means after sunset). For this reason Shabbat and all
holidays start at sunset and they end when three stars appear in the sky.
Purim is a Jewish holiday, it is also called the Festival of Lots.
It is celebrated on the 14th of the month Adar in the Jewish calendar.
Because this is a moon calendar, Jewish holidays such as…
Three Pilgrim Festivals
The Three Pilgrim Festivals are referred to in Hebrew as the “shalosh regalim”,
the three (foot) pilgrimages. All three festivals have both agricultural and national significance.
The first pilgrimage feasts begin with Pesach. Pesach is the oldest festival in the history of Israel,
commemorating the liberation of the Israelite slaves from Egypt and with it the birth of the Hebrew nation.
The second pilgrimage feast is Shavuot. The Feast of Weeks (Greek name: Pentecost).
Shavuot marks the end of the counting of the Omer, the period between Passover and Shavuot.
The third pilgrimage feast is Succoth, a seven-day festival,
also known as the feast of Booths, the Feast of Tabernacles, or just Tabernacles.
The word Succoth is the plural of the Hebrew word succah…