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March 2021

Isra and M’raj

March 11

The Isra and Mi'raj (Arabic: الإسراء والمعراج‎, al-’Isrā’wal-Mi‘rāj) are the two parts of a Night Journey that, according to Islam, the Islamic prophet Muhammad took during a single night around the year 621. Within Islam it signifies both a physical and spiritual journey, and is remembered in prayer. Ascent of Muhammad to Heaven (ca. 1539–1543), from the Khamseh of Nizami

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Passover begins at sundown

March 27

To our Jewish friends, ChagPesach kasher vesame’ach, or "May you have a kosher and joyous Passover." The eight-day festival of Passover is celebrated in the early spring, from the 15th through the 22nd of the Hebrew month of Nissan. Passover (Pesach) commemorates the emancipation of the Israelites from slavery in ancient Egypt. Pesach is observed by avoiding leaven and highlighted by the Seder meals that include four cups of wine, eating matzah and bitter herbs, and retelling the story of…

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April 2021

Yom HaShoah

April 8

On Yom HaShoah, Jews all over the world mourn the loss of six million Jewish lives lost during the Holocaust. The full name of the day commemorating the victims of the Holocaust is “Yom Hashoah Ve-Hagevurah” – literally the “Day of (Remembrance of) the Holocaust and the Heroism.” It ismarked on the 27th day in the month of Nisan — a week after the seventh day of Passover. Although the date was established by the Israeli government, it has become…

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Ramadan begins at sundown

April 12

Each year, corresponding with the ninth month of the lunar calendar, Muslims spend a month in daytime fasting. This observance is called Ramadan. From dawn to sunset during this month, Muslims abstain from food, liquids, smoking, and sexual relations. This fast is an extremely important aspect of the Muslim faith: in fact, it is one of the Five Pillars of Islam. May God bless our Muslim friends and strengthen them through fasting and prayer.

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May 2021

Lailat al-Qadr begins at sundown

May 7

Laylat Al Qadr is considered the holiest night of the year for Muslims and is held on the 27th day of Ramadan. Translated into English as the Night of Decree, Night of Power, Night of Value, Night of Destiny, or Night of Measures, it commemorates the night that the Quran was first revealed to the Prophet Muhammad. On this night the blessings and mercy of God are abundant, sins are forgiven, supplications are accepted, and the annual decree is revealed to…

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Eid al-Fitr begins at sundown

May 12

At the end of Ramadan, Muslims celebrate the "Festival of Fast-Breaking." On the day of Eid, fasting is prohibited. The end of Ramadan is generally celebrated by a ceremonial fast-breaking, as well as the performance of the Eid prayer in an open, outdoor area or mosque.

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Shavuot begins at sundown

May 16

Shavuot is the celebration of the giving of the Torah to the Jewish people, also known as the Festival of First Fruits. The Torah was given by the Lord on Mount Sinai on Shavuot more than 3,300 years ago. Every year on the holiday of Shavuot, Jews renew their acceptance of the gift, and the Lord “re-gives” the Torah. The giving of the Torah was a far-reaching spiritual event — one that touched the essence of the Jewish soul for…

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