Celebrations & Holidays

This is the day that God has made—let us exult and rejoice on it. Psalms, 118:24


Celebrations and holidays are the exclamation points of our lives. On birthdays, we recognize the joy that family members and friends have brought us. On Thanksgiving, we reflect on our blessings. On Passover we recount the wondrous Exodus of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt. Weddings invite us to rejoice in the potential of the future. Let’s fill our celebrations and holidays with greater meaning and purpose so that we can enrich our lives with deeper connections and enduring memories.


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8 Ways to Make Chanukah Your Own

Chanukah’s simplicity is what makes it beautiful. There are so many ways to make the holiday our own. Haggadot.com can help you discover eight rituals, centered around eight themes of Chanukah.

Halloween: A Jewish Spin

Want to put some Jewish flavor in grandkids’ favorite day? Halloween. It’s not just about candy. It’s also about neighborhood gatherings, carving pumpkins, school parades, and decorating outside and in with ghosts, goblins, and cobwebs.

Teshuvah Secret Handshake

The Hebrew word teshuvah is built on the Hebrew root letters that mean “returning.” Teshuvah means you get a second chance.

A Palace in Time

How can we make the Sabbath a “palace in time” for our families? Filmmaker and author Tiffany Shlain has a proposal.

Memorial Day: Living the Values

Memorial Day Mitzvah Zikaron—“remembrance”— is an important part of our Jewish tradition. We remember the miracle of the oil when we celebrate Hannukah. On Passover,

The Meaning of Celebrations and Holidays

Celebrations and holidays mark our lives with flashing indicators: These are the big ideas that matter to us, these are the people with whom we want to explore and experience them