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Jews build community through holiday observance and ritual celebrations.
Jewish life is best lived in community.
The Jewish holidays teach us to appreciate the many cycles of renewal and rebirth.
What do you think?
What are some of the important lessons from these Jewish holidays?
How does the idea that Jews everywhere celebrate these same holidays connect me to the Jewish community?
I know the symbols and ritual items used on the Yamim Noraim
Click on each holiday symbol below to find out what it is. Do you know when we use each of these symbols? Do you know what they symbolize?
Create a High holiday symbol book with pictures and/or drawings of each symbol and the name of each symbol.
I can put the fall holidays in order
All of the Yamim Noraim are celebrated in the fall during the Hebrew month of Tishrei. Rosh Hashanah comes first on the 1st and 2nd day of Tishrei. Yom Kippur is on the 10th. Sukkot begins 5 days later on the 15th and lasts for 8 days. Simchat Torah comes right after Sukkot on the 23rd of Tishrei.
Click to download and print our Holiday name flashcards. Just cut and fold them to practice putting them in the right order at home!
Click below to download and print our High Holy Day road trip.
I can use the Hebrew names of the holiday
The Jewish New Year is called Rosh Hashanah. The Day of Atonement, the holiest day of the year, is called Yom Kippur. The Festival of Booths is known as Sukkot and the celebration of the Torah is called Simchat Torah.
Click to download and print our Holiday name flashcards. Just cut and fold them to practice at home!
Create a High Holy Day greeting card using the Hebrew names of the holidays.
I can match each holiday with its appropriate season
All of the Yamim Noraim (Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah) are celebrated in the fall when the leaves are changing colors and apples and pumpkins are ready to be picked in the fields. We can think of them as the "fall festivals." We celebrate this season by eating apples on Rosh Hashanah and decorating our sukkot with pumpkins, gourds and more during Sukkot.
Create a nature collage celebrating the Yamim Noraim and their season.
I can recite the holiday b’rachot (blessings)
There is a special blessing that we say when we do something for the first time in a new year. Since everything we do on Rosh Hashanah is new its a great time to say "Shehecheyanu." On Sukkot, in addition to Shehecheyanu, there is a blessing just for sitting in the sukkah. Imagine that - a blessing just for sitting! There is also a blessing when you shake the lulav and etrog.
Listen to the Shehecheyanu and try to sing along.
Listen to the blessing over apples and try to sing along.
Listen to these sukkot blessings and try to sing along.
Create your own audio recordings of the blessings to use at home.
I can match the rituals with each holiday
Every holiday has its own special customs and rituals. On Rosh Hashanah we eat apples dipped in honey and hear the shofar. On Yom Kippur we don't eat any food. On Sukkot we sit and eat in a sukkah and shake lulav and etrog. Finally on Simchat Torah we dance around with the Torah.
Watch the video below to learn about Rosh Hashanah rituals.
Watch the video below to learn about Yom Kippur rituals.
Watch the video below to learn about Sukkot rituals.
Make your own video tutorial about the rituals and symbols of the Yamim Noraim.
I can hypothesize about the values associated with the holiday based on the holiday story
Middot are Jewish values. A value is a belief or behavior that we all believe is important. Some Jewish values are kindness, bravery and love. You can find a list of many more middot below. Think about all that you've learned about the Yamim Noraim. What values do you think are important for these holidays? What values to these holidays inspire us to act on? You can print out our list of middot (plural of middah), cut each middah out and create a poster for each holiday celebrating its values.