HOLIDAY LEVELS EXPLAINED
There are two kinds of Jewish Holidays - Some are like a Saturday - where religious people are not allowed to drive, work, make fire, etc... and most stores are closed. Of course non-religious people will still drive but they won't go to work and will spend the day with their family or just rest (like I do). I'll call this kind of Holiday Level A.
The other kind is like you ARE allowed to drive and do anything except work. There are exceptions that allow people to work but one must try not to. I'll call this Level B.
Some Holidays are 1 day long, some are two and some are 7 or 8.
There are TWO Holidays (one in winter and one in Summer) that are each 7 days long - where the first and last day are level A and the middle days are level B. note: Fridays are half days, where people get home from work at noon so they can cook and prepare for the Saturday. Any day before a level A Holiday will be like a Friday - people get off at noon to prepare for the Holiday.
October has FOUR Holidays:
- "Rosh Hashana": (TWO LEVEL A DAYS) The Jewish New Year festival. It is marked by the blowing of the shofar horn, and begins the ten days of penitence culminating in "Yom Kippur" (day of atonement).
- "Yom Kippur": (1 LEVEL A DAY) The most solemn religious fast of the Jewish year, the last of the ten days of penitence that begin with Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year).
- "Sukkot" (7 DAYS - TWO LEVEL A and 5 LEVEL B) A Hebrew word meaning "booths" or "huts," refers to the Jewish festival of giving thanks for the fall harvest. It also commemorates the 40 years of Jewish wandering in the desert after the giving of the Torah (Bible) atop Mt. Sinai.
- "Simchat Torah" (1 LEVEL A DAY) "Rejoicing of the Torah" (Bible). On this day we conclude, and begin anew, the annual Torah reading cycle. The event is marked with great rejoicing.