Liturgical Year

Purim

by Judy Bratten The Feast of Lots, also called the Feast of Esther, occurs in late winter and celebrates the liberation of the Jews of Persia from destruction at the hands of the proud and wicked Haman, Prime Minister under King Xerxes. It is a wonderful... Read More

Succoth

by Judy Bratten The Feast of Booths, two weeks after Rosh Hashonah, commemorates the wandering of the Jews in the wilderness for forty years before entering the Promised Land. Families build simple, temporary shelters decorated with fruits of the autumn... Read More

Yom Kippur

by Judy Bratten Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the day when God’s judgment is believed to be sealed for the coming year. The ten days between Rosh Hashonah and Yom Kippur are called the Days of Penitence. It is a time to repent of and to correct... Read More

Rosh Hashonah

by Judy Bratten During the Jewish New Year, the greeting, “L’shanah tovah tikosevu” (May you be inscribed for a good year), is often seen on greeting cards. On Rosh Hashonah (the Head of the Year), also known as the Feast of Trumpets,... Read More

Introduction

A Collection of Traditions and Prayers for the Jewish Holidays for Catholics Compiled by Judith Bratten (Ed. We are grateful to Judy and are happy to offer her family’s experience as one example of what Hebrew Catholics can do to help preserve the... Read More

Liturgical Year

Liturgical Year Some time ago we invited Hebrew Catholics who celebrate their heritage within the context of their Catholic faith to send us a brief description of their celebrations. Below, we include the celebrations of some who responded. We hope... Read More

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