The events surrounding the holidays molded the foundation of the Jews as a nation and are related to their continuity and survival as Jews throughout history. In The Jewish Holidays: A Journey through History, author Larry Domnitch contends that there is a cyclical nature to the events of Jewish history. He writes, "The events that make up the themes of the Jewish holidays did not occur in a vacuum but have recurred throughout history. The actual Israelite exodus from Egypt, or the receiving of the Torah at Mount Sinai as celebrated on Shavuot, may have occurred once, but in a sense the themes conveyed by those momentous events have been repeated over the centuries. This book attempts to give the reader an appreciation of the cyclical nature of Jewish history and a greater appreciation of the holidays and their relevance throughout Jewish history."
Larry Domnitch is an educator and freelance writer who has taught Judaic studies on the high school and college levels in New York. He has taught at the Hebrew Academy of Nassau County, Magen David Yeshiva of Brooklyn, and the New Americans Division of Touro College. He holds a master's degree in Jewish History from Yeshiva University Bernard Revel Graduate School.