Through the HC Year


by Judy Bratten If anything has distinguished the Jew from the gentile for centuries it has been his dedication to the Sabbath as commanded by God in Exodus 20 (one of the Ten Commandments). In various cultures and times, the ways of keeping the Sabbath... Read More


by Judy Bratten The Feast of Lights or the Feast of Dedication marks the victory of Judah of Maccabee over the Syrian and Greek armies of 167 B.C. The story of the profanation of the Temple and its subsequent cleansing and rededication is retold, with... Read More


by Judy Bratten The Feast of Weeks, occurring fifty days after Passover, commemorates two things: thanksgiving for the grain harvest and for the giving of the Law at Mt. Sinai. Coming seven weeks from the second day of Pesach (First Fruits), Shavuoth... Read More


by Judy Bratten The most well-known and elaborate of the Jewish feasts, Pesach commemorates the miraculous exodus of the Jewish people from the land of Egypt under the leadership of Moses. It is also a springtime celebration, provoking a flurry of cleaning... Read More


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


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


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

  • You are my witnesses (Is. 43:10)  •  You shall be my witnesses (Acts 1:8)