If you’re a Christian looking to date a Jewish person and expect the relationship to go anywhere, take a short amount of time to familiarize yourself with these important Jewish holidays.
Passover is a Jewish holiday that celebrates the Jewish people’s escape from being slaves in Egypt. This holiday does not occur at the exact same time every year since it is scheduled according to the Jewish calendar, but it may sometimes overlap with Easter and does not happen more than a month before or after Easter.
Many Jewish people will take time off on the day before Passover since there is a big family dinner held on the evening before Passover.
Like all Jewish holidays, it actually starts at sunset on the evening before the holiday. This is because Jewish days start with sunset, since it is a lunar calendar.
• Rosh Hashanah
This is the Jewish new year, and as such, it is an extremely important day for Jewish people. If you’re a gentile that tries to make plans on Rosh Hashanah or the evening before it, expect the Jewish dating partner in your life to be very upset with you.
Even most non-religious Jewish people will want to have those days to themselves. Ask yourself, how would you feel if someone scheduled plans on Easter or Christmas?
Celebration of this important holiday involves attending the synagogue. It’s not unusual for the buildings to be packed to their fullest capacity, since casual Jewish people only really attend the synagogue on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (probably just like you on Christmas Eve or Easter).
• Yom Kippur
This is one of the most important holidays to Jewish people. It is the Day of Atonement. It involves fasting for a day and repenting to the creator to strengthen faith. Even non-religious Jewish people will take time off work or school to celebrate this one.
There’s a big, extravagant meal held before the twenty-five hour fast starts that will put any Thanksgiving feast to shame. Then the fast begins and afterwards there is another delicious meal to break the long fast.
While there are many Jewish holidays that an extra day is added to, this is not one of them. For obvious reasons, since nobody wants to extend a fast that goes on for that long.
This holiday, called the festival of lights, is often called “Jewish Christmas”, but it’s not. This holiday is celebrated to remember the time that a group of victorious, devout Jews lit their menorah with only one day’s supply of oil, but it miraculously burned for eight days until they could get more.
In reality, this is a minor holiday in the grand scheme of things. The only reason why it is celebrated as widely as it is, is due to the prevalence of Christmas during that time. Jewish people felt left out of the celebrations and therefore celebrate Chanukkah as a way to stay true to their religion while everyone else is in the Christmas spirit.
If you’re Christian and dating a Jewish person during Christmas time, be sure to be considerate and not force your celebrations on them, unless they ask to be a part of