those of you who have been searching for a greater understanding of Jewish
holidays major and minor, I think you will find the explanation below most
a general principle, Jewish holidays are divided between days on which you must
starve and days on which you must overeat.
Jews observe no fewer than 16 fasts throughout the Jewish year, based on the
time-honored principle that even if you are sure that you are ritually purified,
you definitely aren't.
there are many feasts and fasts, there are no holidays requiring light snacking.
Note: Unlike Christians, who simply attend church on special days (e.g. Ash
Wednesday), on Jewish holidays most Jews take the whole day off. This is because
Jews, for historical and personal reasons, are more stressed out.
Diet Guide to the Jewish Holidays
Hashanah - Feast
Tzom Gedalia - Fast
Yom Kippur - More fasting
Sukkot - Feast
Hashanah Rabbah - More feasting
Simchat Torah - Keep feasting
Month of Heshvan - No feasts or fasts for a whole
month. Get a grip on yourself.
Hanukkah - Eat potato pancakes
Tenth of Tevet - Do not eat potato pancakes
Tu B'Shevat - Feast
Fast of Esther - Fast
Purim - Eat pastry
Passover - Do not eat pastry
Shavuot - Dairy feast (cheesecake, blintzes, etc.)
17th of Tammuz - Fast (definitely no cheesecake or
Tish B'Av - Very strict fast (don't even think
about cheesecake or blintzes)
Month of Elul - End of cycle. Enroll in Center for
Eating Disorders before High Holidays arrive again.
are many forms of Judaism:
Judaism - in my heart I am a Jew.
Judaism - we eat Jewish foods.
Judaism - I give to Jewish causes.
Judaism - drop the kids off at Sunday school and go out to breakfast.
a Year Judaism - attend service Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.