Vacationing in Israel during the Jewish holidays can be a wonderful added extra to your holiday experience.
You could be at the Wailing Wall (the kotel in Hebrew) at the start of the Yom Kippur fast witnessing an incredible sight of hordes of worshippers dressed in white starting their 25 hour fast.
Yom Kippur - Western Wall at dawn
A great way to spend the holiday of Shavuot is to stay at a Kibbutz, where the harvest festival resonates deeply.
In addition to the traditional first harvest of crops such as wheat, you might also sneak a peek at the newborn
lambs and cows.
When you plan your vacation to Israel, be sure to check out which of the holidays fall on your chosen vacation dates. (view holiday calendar dates - right click to 'save link as')
Some facts about Jewish holidays:
Every Jewish festival is celebrated differently, along with festivals and events unique to each holiday's time of year. My top recommendations for spending the Jewish holidays in Israel cover:
Most of these are also national holidays in Israel, which means that businesses and public institutions such as schools are closed,
including public transportation, which is limited.
We will let you know which holidays have restrictions and how this could affect your holiday plans.
Passover 2011 - My father about to
start the Passover meal
The major holidays are:
There is an old Jewish joke that defines quite accurately most of the Jewish holidays. It goes like this…
Someone tried to conquer us, we won!!! Let's eat.
For me personally, like many people in Israel the holidays are all about family and food; lots of family gatherings and lots of food. If the weather permits, then picnicking in nature or on the beach is also a perfect way to spend the day. The national parks and beaches are usually full of holiday travelers.
There are many jewish festivals and special days in the jewish Calendar either commemorating a major event in Jewish history or celebrating a certain time of year.
Which ever time of the year you choose to be in Israel, experiencing any of the jewish holidays will only add to your overall enjoyment.
We hope to see you here soon
Chag sa-meach (Happy Holidays in Hebrew)