This week, we break the linear reading of Torah to honor the holy day of Shemini Atzeret, the eighth day of assembly, a day added to the seven days of Sukkot. Midrash Rabbah (29:36) explains Shemini Atzeret by way of an analogy: A king invites the whole country to a feast. When it is...
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Tag: Shemini Atzeret
September 30, 2004 | 8:00 pm
October 4, 2001 | 8:00 pm
The eighth day of the holiday of Sukkot is actually a separate holiday called Shemini Atzeret. It means "the eighth day of the assembly."
The Israelites gather for seven days around the Temple in Jerusalem, and they are just not ready to go home yet, because they are having so much...
October 19, 2000 | 8:00 pm
When: Sundown on Sat., Oct. 21, to sundown Oct. 22.
Simchat Torah ends the days beginning with Sukkot (which began last Friday night) that are known as Z'man simchateinu (season of our joy). The day before Simchat Torah (beginning sundown Oct. 20) is called Shemini...
October 9, 1997 | 8:00 pm
Etrog Container. Augsburg. c.1670. Photo from"Jewish Art" 1995, courtesy of The Skirball Cultural Center
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