High Holidays begin Sept 25th (See Below for more information)
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You may ask why the first mitzvah of Shabbat is the kindling of lights. That is because Shabbat is actually a celebration of the Creator and His Creation. G‑d’s creation of the world follows a seven-day cycle, which peaks each Shabbat and begins anew. At Creation, the first thing that was brought into being was light. Therefore, it is appropriate to kindle lights at the start of Shabbat in commemoration of the first light that was created.
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Rosh Hashanah/Yom Kipper/Sukkot
Begins sunset of Sunday, September 25, 2022
Ends nightfall of Tuesday, September 27, 2022
Rosh Hashanah is the Jewish New Year. It is the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, and a day of judgment and coronation of G d as king.
Begins sunset of Tuesday, October 4, 2022
Ends nightfall of Wednesday, October 5, 2022
Yizkor is recited on Yom Kippur, Wednesday, October 5
Yom Kippur is the holiest day of the year—the day on which we are closest to G d and to the quintessence of our own souls. It is the Day of Atonement—“For on this day He will forgive you, to purify you, that you be cleansed from all your sins before G d” (Leviticus 16:30).
Begins sunset of Sunday, October 9, 2022
Ends nightfall of Sunday, October 16, 2022
The seven days of Sukkot—celebrated by dwelling in the sukkah, taking the Four Kinds, and rejoicing—is the holiday when we expose ourselves to the elements in covered huts, commemorating G d's sheltering our ancestors as they traveled from Egypt to the Promised Land. The Four Kinds express our unity and our belief in G d’s omnipresence. Coming after the solemn High Holidays, it is a time of joy and happiness
NOTE: The Jewish calendar date begins at sundown of the night beforehand. Thus all holiday observances begin the night before, as listed. The exception to this rule is most fast days, which begin at dawn of the date listed (aside for Tisha b’Av and Yom Kippur which also begin the night before). Jewish calendar dates conclude at nightfall.