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Judaism

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Interfaith calendar

Judaism is more than a religion; It is a way of life.

This way of life is prescribed in the Torah - the Five Books of Moses believed to have been handed down by G-d to Moses and the Jewish people at Mt Sinai some 3,500 years ago. The Torah, together with the oral tradition and interpretations of the Torah known as halacha keeps Judaism relevant to contemporary society. The Judaic way of life includes both obligations to G-d such as the Sabbath and dietary obligations as well as obligations to our fellow human beings, such as supporting the oppressed and helping the underprivileged and loving our neighbour as ourselves.

Judaism essentially believes in the oneness of G-d, G-d being the sole creator of the world, the concept of free will and the belief that the Messiah is yet to come.

Jewish holy days

Fast of Esther: Commemorates a fast called by Queen Esther around 5th century BCE, after a decree was called in ancient Persia for the destruction of the Jewish people.

Purim: Celebration for the saving of the Jewish people from annihilation in Ancient Persia.

Pesach: This festival celebrates the freedom of the Jewish people from Egyptian slavery. Work may not be done on this day.

Shavout : The anniversary of the giving of the Ten Commandments and the Five Books of Moses on Mt Sinai. Work may not be done on this day.

Fast 17th Tammuz:  This is a minor fast from daybreak to nightfall and commemorates the time when Nebuchadnezzar made the first breach in the wall surrounding Jerusalem.

Fast Tisha B'Av:  A full day fast from sunset the previous day to nightfall. Both the first and second temples in Jerusalem were destroyed on this day. Work should only be done after midday.

Rosh Hashana: The Jewish New Year. Work may not be done on these two days.

Yom Kippur: The communal Day of Atonement; a full day fast from sunset the previous day until nightfall. Work may not be done on this day.

Succot:  The festival of tabernacles when Jewish people dwell in booths for seven days to remind them of G-D's protection in the desert after they left Egypt. Work may not be done on the first two days.

Shemini Atzeret:  Marks the rejoicing after the annual cycle of the reading of the law and its recommencement for the year. Work may not be done on this day.

Simchat Torah:  Marks the rejoicing after the annual cycle of the reading of the law and its recommencement for the year. Work may not be done on this day.

Chanukah:  An eight day festival celebrating the rededication of the temple of Jerusalem in the year 165 BCE after its forced canonisation.