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Rosh HaShana 13-15/9

Rosh Hashanah, the holiday that marks the beginning of the Jewish year, is in the Hebrew month of Tishrei, which coincides with late September and early October.

Rosh Hashanah, the holiday that marks the beginning of the Jewish year, is in the Hebrew month of Tishrei, which coincides with late September and early October.
Unlike the other holidays, which have one holy day on which businesses are closed, Rosh Hashanah is a two-day holiday, and businesses are closed on both days. The holiday is two days according to tradition started in the Diaspora when the onset of the new moon – which traditionally was decreed by the High Court in Jerusalem – was not known.

The Pope’s Holy Land Pilgrimage

On his two-day visit to Jerusalem, the Holy Father visited the sites holiest to Christians, Jews and Muslims, conveying a message of peace and fraternity

Pope Francis embarked on his historic pilgrimage to the Holy Land on May 25-26, 2014. The main purpose of his visit was to commemorate the historic meeting between Pope Paul VI and Patriarch Athenagoras, which took place 50 years earlier.

The Pope’s Holy Land Pilgrimage

Papa Benedict XVI – Israel, May 2009 – Highlights

A short video clip showing the places his holiness Pope benedict XVI visited during his visit in the Holyland on May 2009 and a summary of his messages to the world during his visit

Yom Kippur

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day in Judaism. It is a day of fasting and prayer that is celebrated on the 10th of the Hebrew month of Tishrei

Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement, is the holiest day in Judaism. It is a day of fasting and prayer that is celebrated on the 10th of the Hebrew month of Tishrei.

Yom Kippur marks the end of the Ten Days of Repentance. According to Jewish belief, on Yom Kippur judgment is passed on each person for the coming year.