Shiksa’s Guide to Jewish Holidays

Challah, Silver Kiddush cup and Yarmulke for the Jewish Holidays

Challah, Silver Kiddush cup and Yarmulke for the Jewish Holidays

Jewish holidays are a sacred time for Jewish families, whether they are practicing Orthodox, Conservative or Reform Judaism, or consider themselves non-affiliated.

It is a time to get together with family and friends and celebrate each other and the Jewish culture. Whether they go to Synagogue to observe or work through the holidays, they are still extremely important. And if you ignore or God forbid forget them, there is more Jewish guilt to go around then you can ever imagine!

In my experience each holiday, or tradition observed, remembers a tragic event, or celebrates how the Jewish people in the past overcame something.

The one thing you can count on is that there will be Challah (or matzo), wine and prayers and there is usually something to complain about!

Regardless if you are in a relationship with a Jewish person you will want to understand the Jewish holidays and the significance of each to your partner and their family.

Check out below our posts sharing our experiences, knowledge and recipes for many of the Jewish holidays.


When is Hanukkah this Year?

When is Hanukkah this Year?

Hanukkah is the festival of lights that usually takes place for 8 nights in December each year. As with all other Jewish holidays, it falls at different times of the month, and is based on the Jewish calendar. (download your Jewish holiday calendar below). This can... read more
7 Things to Do for an Easy Yom Kippur Fast

7 Things to Do for an Easy Yom Kippur Fast

If you and/or your family are fasting this Yom Kippur, we wish you an easy Yom Kippur fast. Fasting for 25 hours is not an easy feat, which makes sense as Yom Kippur is a day of atonement. There are a few things that you can do to make the day an easier fast while you... read more
20 Inspired Rosh Hashanah Dinner Ideas

20 Inspired Rosh Hashanah Dinner Ideas

Rosh Hashanah dinner is a time to get together with family and friends to celebrate the new year. Out with the old, and in with they new.  It’s a time to stop and reflect on the year, and plan for a new year. A time to make resolutions, and to enjoy the company... read more
Are You Making Rosh Hashanah Resolutions this Year?

Are You Making Rosh Hashanah Resolutions this Year?

When I met my Jewish husband and he told me about Rosh Hashanah, and how it celebrates the new year on the Jewish calendar, one of the first questions I asked was, “So do you make new year’s resolutions then?” He giggled and said, “yes I guess... read more
9 Awesome Rosh Hashanah Hostess Gift Ideas

9 Awesome Rosh Hashanah Hostess Gift Ideas

Have you been invited to a Rosh Hashanah dinner this year? Do you go to the same Rosh Hashanah dinner each year at your husband’s Aunt Phylliss’ house and want to bring something different this year? Are you looking for something new to take as a Rosh Hashanah hostess... read more
12 Yiddish Words to Impress Bubby with at Rosh Hashanah

12 Yiddish Words to Impress Bubby with at Rosh Hashanah

Rosh Hashanah is a time to reflect on the past year, bring in good luck and joy for the new year, and spend lots of time with family. Chances are Bubby will be there excited to see everyone. If you want to make a good impression on her, drop these 12 Yiddish words to... read more
When is Rosh Hashanah and Why You Should Know When it is!

When is Rosh Hashanah and Why You Should Know When it is!

Rosh Hashanah is the celebration of the new year in the Jewish calendar. It is a time to reflect on the past year and celebrate the new beginnings of the new year. This is one of the most important and religious holidays for Jewish people. As the date depends on the... read more
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