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Festivals on Shabbat


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One of my Religious Studies pupils has just asked me an interesting question - in Orthodox Judaism, what happens if a major Jewish festival occurs on Shabbat? Do all the laws regarding rest still apply? Many thanks for your help.



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According to the Jewish calendar it is actually a very common occurrence to have the Festivals occur on Shabbat. When that happens Shabbat and the Festival are amalgamated and the Festival becomes an integral part Shabbat. That means that the Laws of Shabbat are kept as usual but the Prayers that are recited reflect the fact that the day is both Shabbat and Festival. Most of the customs of the Festival are kept so, for example, if it is Sukkot we sit in the Sukkah, if it is Pesach we commemorate the Seder Night in the regular way.


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