Jewish Holiday

On Purim There is a longstanding custom of drinking wine at the feast & sending food and gifts to friends which usually includes a bottle of wine. This was because Purim commemorates the saving of the Jewish people from Haman, who was planning to kill all the Jews. This took place in the ancient Persian Empire.

The Jewish people celebrate Passover as a commemoration of their liberation by God from slavery in Egypt about 1300 BCE and their freedom as a nation under the leadership of Moses. It commemorates the story of the Exodus as described in the Bible in the Book of Exodus, in which the Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt. Passover lasts 8 days which Wine plays an important role during this time. There is requirement that four cups of wine are to be drunk during the Seder meals by each person. This applies to both men and women.

Shavuot is unlike other Jewish holidays in that it has no prescribed religious obligation other than traditional festival observances of meals and merriment (drinking Wine); and the traditional holiday observances of special prayer services and the required abstention from work.

Rosh Hashanah:
Rosh Hashanah is a two-day celebration, To bring in the Jewish New Year, this day is said to be the anniversary of the creation of Adam and Eve, the first man and woman, and their first actions toward the believed realization of humanity’s role in the world. Traditional Rosh Hashanah foods: Apples and honey, pomegranates, And Wine for the meals. Families Get together for dinners Both nights to celebrate the New Year

Yom Kippur:
Also known as Day of Atonement, is the holiest day of the year. Jewish people traditionally observe this holy day with an approximate 25-hour period of fasting and intensive prayer, often spending most of the day in synagogue services. A meal is often eaten before the holiday begins and after the 25 hour period of fasting.

This holiday lasts Seven days and is a family and friends gathering where food and drink (wine) is consumed. A Sukkah tent is constructed sometimes of plant material and palms, to symbolize living conditions during 40 years of travel in the desert after the Exodus from Slavery in Egypt. The Sukkot was also temporary dwelling in which farmers would live during harvesting, a fact connecting to the agricultural significance of the holiday. Throughout the 7 days meals are eaten inside the Sukkah and many people sleep there as well.

Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah:
Is a Jewish holiday that celebrates and marks the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and the beginning of a new cycle. Simchat Torah is a component of the Biblical Jewish holiday of Shemini Atzeret (“Eighth Day of Assembly”), which follows immediately after the festival of Sukkot. Some will consume alcoholic beverages during the Simchat Torah festivities,

The Maccabees successfully rebelled against Syria, so pure olive oil was needed for the menorah in the Temple, which was required to burn throughout the night every night. The story goes that one flask was found with only enough oil to burn for one day, yet it burned for eight days, the time needed to prepare a fresh supply of kosher oil for the menorah. An eight-day festival was declared by the Jewish ancestors to commemorate this miracle. Hanukkah began to be popularized in the American Jewish community in the mid- nineteenth century, as Jewish groups looked for ways to adapt to American life, because they could celebrate Hanukkah in place of Christmas which occurs at around the same time. Gift giving is given during all 8 days which can include giving Wine & Spirits as gifts.