Experiential Dimension


The religious festivals allow Jewish people to experience the history and spiritual beliefs of their faith in a ritualistic concrete way.

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Source: Google Images

An Introduction

Jewish Holy Days reflect the experience of the Israelites and fall into two categories

Mosaic- coming from the law given to Moses and Rabbinical which have emerged since the destruction of the temple.

They are either based on:


Feasting- Fasting


Based upon what you learn on this page and the list above, identify what sort of festival each one is.

Passover – Pesach

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žPassover is the Mosaic festival remembering how Moses led the Jews from Egypt.

žClick on the picture above to view a summary of the Exodus which is commemorated at Passover.

You may like t hear a traditional song sung at Passover by clicking on this link.

The Seder Meal is of special significance.  Be prepared to discuss with a partner, how the meal relates to the Passover. Click on the plate below to hear a Reform Jewish female rabbi explain the Seder.

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Source: Google Docs


žClick on the picture and view Sukkot on G*dcast. Based upon the short video clip, what do you think the purpose of Sukkot is?

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Source : Google Images

Did You Know that pomegranates are eaten at Sukkot

because they are believed to have 613 seeds which represent

the 613 laws of Judaism

Click on the pomegranate and read the document it launches, then write a paragraph explaining how Sukkot is celebrated by Australian Jews. Make sure that you use a topic sentence, evidence, elaboration of that evidence and close with a clinching sentence or conclusion.

Moses said concerning the feast of Sukkot, “On the first day you shall take the product of hadar trees, branches of palm trees, boughs of leafy trees, and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God seven days” (Lev. 23:40; JPS).

The Jewish people have interpreted these four species to be the etrog (citron) – yellow fruit, the lulav (palm branch), hadas (avot tree branch), and aravah (willows of the brook). They carry these with them throughout the week to their prayers in the synagogue. (Photo taken Oct. 2003) Photo courtesy of BiblePlaces.Com. This photograph is one of thousands of high-resolution images available in “The Pictorial Library of Bible Lands.”

Rosh Hashanah

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Source: Google Images


Click on the image above and view the Rosh Hannah Song Shophar Callin’ and then complete the following tasks.

The shophar is played on the first day of Rosh Hashanah. It is blown for ten days until the Day of Atonement which is Yom Kippur

Where in your life do you allow space to hear your own “shophar” call?

Why is it important to let God speak to us?

Listen to the song Dip Your Apple by Fountainheads.

List the things you learn about how Jewish people experience Rosh Hashanah from the song.

View the YouTube clip and write a brief explanation of the Book of Good Life?


The concept of living a good life is not restricted to Judaism. Locate quotations from three other faith traditions that encourage the same attitude.


Yom Kippur

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Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement) is one of two Jewish High Holy Days. The first High Holy Day is Rosh Hashanah (the Jewish New Year). Yom Kippur falls ten days after Rosh Hashanah on the 10th of Tishrei, which is a Hebrew month that correlates with September-October on the secular calendar. The purpose of Yom Kippur is to bring about reconciliation between people and between individuals and God. According to Jewish tradition, it is also the day when God decides the fate of each human being.

žClick on the picture of the Rabbi blowing the Shophar and view the explanation of Yom Kippur.

žView the video of Jonah

žWith a partner discuss why it is important to atone for the things we have done wrong?


žAtone –

ž1. To make amends, as for a sin or fault: These crimes must be atoned for.

ž2. Archaic To agree.



Research the traditions of Purim. Go back to the mythical dimension and the  document on Jewish heroes.

Listen to the lyrics of the song and use it as the basis of a five cell cartoon depicting the story of Esther.

What do you think the point of the boys coming to the door was? How does the lesson relate to your own life?

Why do Jewish people get into costume and have a big feast for Purim?





Listen to the Maccabeats tell the story of Hanukkah.

Click on this link to download a pattern to make your own dreidel. Print and colour your dreidel, then play a few rounds with a small group. Click here to read the rules of the game.

The Hanukkah candles are a material remembrance of the eight days that the oil lasted while the Maccabees rededicated the Temple in Jerusalem after the Greeks were beaten back.


Write a short summary of the miracle of Hanukkah.




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