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Torat Chaim Yeshiva calendar 1909

This resource isn’t meant to be a comprehensive introduction to Jewish holidays. [more TBA]

For calendrical details, including candle lighting times, and Torah readings, see Hebcal

Elul (the penitential month) and Selihot (pre Rosh Hashanah readings)

Selihot (סליחות‎) recited before Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah (Sept/Oct)

Rosh Hashanah 101 – My Jewish Learning

Selichot, penitential prayer, read before the High Holy Days

Yom Kippur (Sept/Oct)

Yom Kippur Quick Guide – Rabbi Haim Ovadia

Sukkot (late Sept/Oct)

Sukkot outreach at restaurants and pubs

Hosha’nah Rabbah (The seventh day of Sukkot)


Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah (late Sept/Oct)

Simchat Torah and Sh’mini Atzeret

Chanukah (late Nov/Dec)

Practical Guide to the Laws of Ḥanukka according to the Geonic/Maimonidean Tradition

Tu B’shevat (Shevat 15)


Purim (Feb/Mar)

The Original Source and Halakhic Status of the Custom of wearing Costumes on Purim

Passover (Mar/Apr)

Thou Shalt Not Forbid: Four inch thick Matzah can be kosher! Rabbi Haim Ovadia

Kosher for Passover Corn Whiskey

Sefirat Ha’Omer (The counting of the Omer)


Yom Hashoah (Holocaust Memorial Day) (Apr/May)

Yom HaShoah / יום השואה – Hebcal

Yom Hazikaron, Israeli Memorial Day (Apr/May)

Yom HaZikaron / יום הזכרון – Hebcal

Yom Ha’atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day) (Apr/May)

Yom HaAtzma’ut / יום העצמאות – Hebcal

Lag B’Omer – 33rd day of the Omer (Apr/May)

Very minor holiday. It’s practice is controversial.

Lag BaOmer / ל״ג בעומר – Hebcal

Lag Ba-Omer – A baseless holiday? Yehudah B. Ilan

The Truth About Lag B’Omer by Devir Kahan

A Printing Mistake and the Mysterious Origins of Rashbi’s Yahrzeit by Eliezer Brodt

Yom Yerushalayim (Jerusalem Day) (May/Jun)

Respecting Jewish holy places in Israel

Shavuot (May/Jun)

The Custom (Minhag) of Eating Dairy on Shavuot

The Three Weeks and Nine Days

(Not a holiday, but a special period of time leading up to Tisha B’Av)

Kinot: readings and liturgy for Tisha B’Av

The Real Laws of the Three Weeks and Nine Days by Rabbi Josh Yuter

A Brief Guide to the Three Weeks and the Nine Days HaRav by Rabbi David Bar-Hayim

Tisha B’Av (Jul/Aug)

Tisha B’Av 101: from My Jewish Learning

Kinot (קינות‎) are elegies and dirges recited on Tisha B’Av.

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