Jewish festivals and holidays, from Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur to Tisha B'av
A breakdown of the Jewish holidays and festivals, and why some are celebrated for an extra day outside of Israel.
Jewish life is measured by the Hebrew calendar, which is based on a solar year comprising 12 lunar months. To correct the discrepancy between the lengths of the solar and lunar years, an extra month is added to the calendar every two to three years (according to a complex calculation that works out to seven of every 19 years being a leap year).
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