Purim, Passover, Shavuot, Tish’a B’Av, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah–are there others?
What do they do if they have a family to support and have to work?
I’m a religious orthodox Jew – most places understand that your religion means you can’t work. So we work overtime on other days, and take over when there are Christian holidays (depending on the job). We have to get creative sometimes…
As for the holidays, it is only the 3 biggies from the Torah that we cannot work on plus Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur.
So, RH and YK, plus Shavuot – no work.
Sukkot and Passover – No work on 4 of the 8 days (Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are part of Sukkot).
Purim – You can work, but usually you spend all day doing the customs of giving gifts to friends and the like, so most people take off work.
The bigger question would be how do we work when EVERY SATURDAY we can’t work….