A specially designed Hebrew calendar makes planning for holy holidays easier than ever. The high holidays and major pilgrimage festivals for the next four years are displayed on the calendar. Since it’s an Excel template, the calendar can be customized to add things list public fasts, minor holidays or major holidays. This calendar is instantly downloadable and completely complimentary.
About the Hebrew Calendar
Commandments, rabbinical mandate and modern Israeli history are the foundation of Jewish festivals and holidays. The beginning of the Jewish New Year is known as “Rosh Hashanah.” The start date, which is also known as the Day of Judgment and the Day of Memorial, marks the beginning of a 10-day period before the holiest day of the year for Jews – “Yom Kippur.”
Both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur are displayed on the Jewish calendar featured on this site. Other Jewish holidays on the calendar include:
- Sukkot – The Feast of Tabernacles
- Shmini Atzeret – The Eighth Day of Assembly
- Simchat Torah – Day of Celebrating the Torah
- Chanukah – The Festival of Lights/Jewish festival of rededication
- Purim – The Festival of Lots
- Pesach (Passover) – The Feast of Unleavened Bread
- Shavuot – Festival of Weeks to commemorate the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai
- Tish’a B’Av – The Ninth of Av, fast to commemorate the destruction of the two Temples.
Both Hebrew and Gregorian years are displayed on the printable calendar featured on this site. The calendar begins with the Hebrew year 5773 and the Gregorian year 2012 and runs through Hebrew year 5776 and Gregorian year 2016. Dates on the calendar marked in italics are “Yom Tov,” which means that performing traditional work duties is strictly forbidden.
In addition to the traditional and high holy holidays, the Chief Rabbinate of Israel established four modern holidays and days of remembrance. They are:
- Yom HaShoah – Holocaust Memorial Day
- Yom HaZikaron – Israeli Memorial Day
- Yom HaAtzma’ut – Israeli Independence Day
- Yom Yerushalayim – Jerusalem Day
All four of these days are either days of remembrance or national holidays in Israel.
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