"There were no days as glorious for the people of Israel as the fifteenth of Av [the Hebrew Month] and as Yom Kippur, when the daughters of Jerusalem would come outside with borrowed white garments and dance in the vineyards." ~~ Talmud, Ta'anit 26b
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"Who lodges a scholar in his home
is as one offering first-fruits [Shavuot] in the Temple." ~~ Leviticus (Vayikra) R.
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"The river of life...flows from birth toward death. Day follows day with wearisome monotony. Only the holidays twine themselves together to form the circle of the year. Only through the holidays does life experience the eternity of the river that returns to its source. Then life becomes eternal." ~~ Franz Rosenzweig
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"Every Jew must either give or take charity for Passover." ~~ Shalom Aleichem
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"Every Jew should think of himself as having come out of Egypt.
[Passover/Pesach]" ~~ Talmud, Pessachim
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"For on this day atonement shall be made for you to cleanse you from all your sins; you shall be clean before the Lord.
[Day of Atonement/Yom Kippur]
" ~~ Leviticus (Vayikra) 16:30
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"The Sabbaths are for rest and the festivals for joy, not for fasting and weeping and crying." ~~ Maimonides
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"The Sabbath and holidays are the primary reason for Jewish endurance and glory." ~~ Judah Halevi
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"On the Day of Atonement the Israelites are as ministering angels." ~~ Pirqe Derabbi Eliezer
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"If a man says: I will sin and the Day of Atonement will atone for me, then that Day will not atone for him." ~~ Yoma 8:9
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