Fall Holidays

Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, usually falls in September. It marks the beginning of the High Holy Days of the Jewish Year. It is traditional to eat apple slices dipped in honey at Rosh Hashanah to guarantee a sweet new year. It is also traditional to bake Challah bread in round loaves symbolizing the circular nature of the seasons.

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur, Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the Jewish calendar, falls 10 days after Rosh Hashanah.


Sukkot, festival of booths, is an eight-day festival celebrating the early harvest. The booths symbolize the temporary huts in which harvest workers lived and celebrated. Many families take all, or at least some, of their Sukkot meals in their own festival huts.

The huts are made with a variety of materials. Usually, the roof is thatched in such a way that you can see the stars. The walls and ceilings are hung with fruit and other decorations.

Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah is the last of the fall holidays and follows the end of Sukkot. The last reading in the Torah is finished, then the Torah is rewound and begun again.

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