The Jewish holidays in 2023

It’s never too early to get a head start on planning the new year. The calendar may still say 2022 but we we celebrated the Jewish new year on September 25th officially entering into year 5783 on the Jewish calendar.

The Jewish, or Hebrew, calendar is a lunar/solar calendar (months are based on lunar months but years are based on solar years) and is the official calendar in Israel. The years count up from the “calculation” of when the Earth was created.

Holidays in 2023

Purim
Begins sunset Monday, March 6, 2023
Ends evening Tuesday, March 7, 2023

Work is generally avoided.

Passover
Begins sunset Wednesday, April 5, 2023
Ends evening Thursday, April 13, 2023

According to the Orthodox tradition, no work is permitted during the 2 first and 2 last days.

Lag B’Omer
Begins sunset Monday, May 8, 2023
Ends evening Tuesday, May 9, 2023

Shavuot
Begins sunset Thursday, May 25, 2023
Ends evening Saturday, May 27, 2023

According to the Orthodox tradition, no work is permitted.

Tisha B’Av
Begins
sunset Wednesday, July 26, 2023
Ends evening Thursday, July 27, 2023

The Tisha B’Av fast lasts about 25 hours, beginning just before sunset and lasting until the evening of the following day.

Rosh Hashanah
Begins sunset Friday, September 15, 2023
Ends evening Sunday, September 17, 2023

According to the Orthodox tradition, no work is permitted.

Yom Kippur
Begins sunset Sunday, September 24, 2023
Ends evening Monday, September 25, 2023

According to the Orthodox tradition, no work is permitted.

Sukkot
Begins sunset Friday, September 29, 2023
Ends evening Friday, October 6, 2023

According to the Orthodox tradition, no work is permitted during the first 2 days.

Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah
Begins sunset Friday, October 6, 2023
Ends evening of Sunday, October 8, 2023

According to the Orthodox tradition, no work is permitted.

Hanukkah
Begins sunset Thursday, December 7, 2023
Ends evening Friday, December 15, 2023

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