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Holidays in Israel

Israeli law designates 9 days of official holiday during the year. Of these, Independence Day is supposed to be observed by all citizens, while others are Jewish religious holidays which non-Jews or non-Jewish communities may disregard, if they choose to observe their own religious holidays.

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Purim, Jewish Festival of Lots

Purim is one of the most joyous and fun holidays on the Jewish calendar. It commemorates a time when the Jewish people living in Persia were saved from extermination.

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Purim in Israel

 Purim is right around the corner here in Israel; and while it is not one of the Seven Biblical Feasts that Jews are commanded to observe, like Chanukah, it has become a staple of the Jewish tradition, and in Israel is celebrated somewhat like a national holiday; and a very colorful one at that.

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Chanukah

 Chanukah is probably one of the best known Jewish holidays, not because of any great religious significance, but because of its proximity to Christmas. Many non-Jews think of this holiday as the Jewish Christmas, adopting many of the Christmas customs, such as elaborate gift-giving and decoration.

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Rosh Hashanah (Zikhron Teru'ah)

 Rosh Hashanah is celebrated as the Jewish New Year. However, the term "Rosh Hashanah" does not actually appear in the Torah, but rather is referred to as the Feast of Trumpets, known as "Zikhron Teru'ah" in Leviticus 23:24 - "a memorial with the blowing of horns". It is also referred to in the same part of Leviticus as a penultimate Sabbath or meditative rest day, and a "holy day to God". It is the first of the High Holy Days ("Days of Awe") which usually occur in the early autumn of the Northern Hemisphere and consist of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement), and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles). The trumpets are meant to serve as a wakeup call, to bring the people to prayer and repentance in preparation for the coming Day of Atonement.

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Shavuot - the Feast of the Weeks

Shavuot, the Feast of the Weeks, is the Jewish holiday celebrating the giving of the Ten Commandments to Moses and the Israelites at Mount Sinai, and the harvest season in Israel. Listen to Rav Daniel Cohen, who comments on various aspects of The Feast of Shavuot being celebrated by Jews around the world.

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Sukkot - The Feast of Tabernacles

Sukkot is a Biblical pilgrimage festival that occurs on the 15th day of the month of Tishri. It is one of the three major holidays when historically the Jewish populace traveled to the Temple in Jerusalem.

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Yom Kippur - Day of Atonement

On The holiest day of the Jewish year, a surprise joint attack by Egypt and Syria crossing the cease-fire lines in the Sinai and Golan Heights threatened the very existence of the Jewish state. 2,586 Israeli soldiers were killed and thousands more wounded.

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Pesach (Passover)

Pesach is the 8 day observance commemorating  the Jewish people's freedom from Egyptian bondage that took place approximately 3,300 years ago, as told in the first 15 chapters of the biblical Book of Exodus.

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GAZA, CAMERON, ISRAEL & CRIMEA

 Rain of rockets...

 “We will not let them launch rockets at our children!” the warning came from Sderot's Mayor Elon Davidi to the Palestinian terrorists in Gaza who were launching over 100 rockets and mortars at his town. Israeli aircrafts went into action, and despite the thick fog and heavy rain, they targeted over thirty terrorist targets on the other side of the border. But it was the greatest deluge of rockets from Gaza since Israel conducted the Pillar of Defense operation to suppress similar rocketing in November, 2012. Since being hit hard at that time, the Hamas regime has abided by the ‘tahadiya’ cease-fire, except for the occasional rocket.

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Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah occurs on the first and second days of Tishri. In Hebrew, Rosh Hashanah means, literally, "head of the year" or "first of the year." Rosh Hashanah is commonly known as the Jewish New Year.

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Tu B'Shevat

Tu Bishvat is a Jewish holiday and one of the four Rosh Hashanahs ("New Years") mentioned in the Mishnah, the basis of the Talmud. Tu Bishvat is the new year of the trees. The name Tu Bishvat comes from the date of the holiday, the 15th day of Shevat. Shevat is the name of a Hebrew calendar month and Tu, is how the number 15 is represented by Hebrew numerals using the Hebrew alphabet.

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Holiday of Holidays Festival - Hanukah

Hanukah, also known as the Festival of Lights or Festival of Rededication, is an eight-day Jewish holiday that starts on the 25th day of Kislev. The festival is observed in Jewish homes by the kindling of lights on each of the festival's eight nights, one on the first night, two on the second night and so on.

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Blair-Olmert press conference

British Prime Minister Tony Blair yesterday reiterated his commitment to help to bring about a solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Here is the transcript of the joint press conference given by Prime Minister Tony Blair and Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert in Jerusalem.

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