This year we are starting to celebrate the Passover (Pesach) Festival, the anniversary of the miracle of Exodus from Egyptian slavery, which is always at the center of Jewish life, on the eve of Friday, April 15th.
The 15th of Shevat on the Jewish calendar is known as Tu BiShvat, the day that marks the beginning of a ´new year´ for trees. This year we are celebrating Tu BiShvat Holiday on Monday, January 17th, starting from the evening of Sunday, January 16th.
Sukkot, like no other Jewish festival, celebrates the dual nature of the Jewish faith; the universality of God and the particularity of Jewish existence. The Sukkot Festival, which lasts seven days and seven nights, is starting at sundown on Monday, September 20th.
The Passover Festival, when we celebrate the freeing of Jews from their 210-year-long slavery in the Egyptian lands and achieving their independence, is starting on the evening of Saturday, March 27th.
Sukkot (plural of sukkah, meaning covered huts) is celebrated to commemorate our ancestors´ living under the huts they had made of sticks and leaves they could find in the desert while traveling from Egypt to the promised land.
Tu B´Av on which many happy incidents had happened throughout history and that is accepted as a very fortunate day for weddings, is celebrated as a ´Day of Love´ in our day. This year Tu B´Av will be celebrated starting on the eve of Tuesday, August 4th, and on Wednesday, August 5th.
Judea was named after Patriarch Abrahams great-grandson Yehuda who inherited the territory from Abrahams grandson Jacob (Israel). In 930 BCE when Solomons kingdom split into two after his death, the southern part was named Yehuda = Judah. The subjects of that kingdom and their descendants are still known as Jews.