There are three annual feasts that the Lord commanded all of Israel to celebrate in Jerusalem — Passover, Shavuot (Pentecost) and Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles), and are known as the three pilgrim festivals in Judaism.
Meet Your Instructor
Andre Moubarak is the owner and founder of Twins Tours & Travel Ltd. in Israel. Born into a Christian family along the Via Dolorosa in Jerusalem’s Christian Quarter, Andre is a licensed tour guide and an ordained minister, leading numerous groups through the Holy Land each year and teaching them about the Aramaic/Jewish roots of Jesus.
The first video of this course is free, you can buy this course to see all the videos.
This is the first in a series of courses on the Jewish holidays. This course discusses some basic considerations that apply to all the holidays. Each of the individual holiday lessons talks about the significance of a holiday, its traditional observances and related customs culture and context in the bible.
When Holidays Begin
All Jewish holidays begin the evening before the date specified on most calendars. This is because a Jewish "day" begins and ends at sunset, rather than at midnight. If you read the story of creation in Genesis Ch. 1, you will notice that it says, "And there was evening, and there was morning, one day." From this, we infer that a day begins with evening, that is, sunset.
Holidays end at nightfall of the date specified on most calendars; that is, at the time when it becomes dark out, about an hour after sunset.
List of the Three Major Holidays:
The Feast of Purim
Hanukkah - The Festival of lights