Jewish Holidays

Feasts of the Lord vs Jewish Holidays

Upon visiting this site, you might wonder why common Jewish holidays like Hanukkah and Purim are not highlighted with the other major holidays like Yom Kippur and Passover. Aren’t Hanukkah and Purim Biblical holidays with important lessons as well? Of course they are! So what differentiates a feast of the Lord from other Jewish holidays? The answer is simple- Torah.

The feasts of the Lord are those listed by G-d in Leviticus 23. This includes the Sabbath, Passover, First Fruits, Shavuot (Pentecost), Yom Teruah (Trumpets), Yom Kippur and Sukkot. G-d clearly says in Leviticus 23:2 that these are His holidays that He wants us to celebrate. Sounds like a good reason to celebrate them, right?

So what about the other Jewish holidays? Should we celebrate them too? Well, if you want to, that’s great! Hanukkah, Purim and other Jewish holidays have great significance to all those who love G-d and His word.