Eve of Shemini Atzeret

Light Candles:
Girls and women (or if there isn't a woman in the house, the head of the household), should light candles to usher in the holiday, please click here for candle lighting times in your city and recite the following blessings:

Holiday Candle Lighting Blessings:

1) Blessed are You, L-rd, our G‑d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and has commanded us to light the candle of the Holiday.

Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-olam Asher Ki-deshanu Be-mitzvo-tav Ve-tzvi-vanu Le-hadlik Ner Shel Yom Tov.

2) Blessed are You, Lord our G‑d, King of the universe, who has granted us life, sustained us, and enabled us to reach this occasion.

Ba-ruch A-tah Ado-nai E-lo-hei-nu Me-lech Ha-olam She-heche-ya-nu Ve-ki-yi-ma-nu Ve-higi-a-nu Liz-man Ha-zeh.

Attend evening services at your local synagogue.

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Eat a festive meal in the Sukkah, without reciting the blessing Leshev Basukah.

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Eve of Simchat Torah

Light Candles
Women and girls, after dark, light candles from an existing flame (such as from a pilot flame), as on the holiday one may not create a fire. Recite the same blessings as the previous night.

Dance with the Torah scrolls!
On Simchat Torah we celebrate the fact that throughout the past year we read the entire Torah scroll. It is customary to go to the synagogue, dance with and around the Torah and be merry. Children are given gifts of candy and fruit because it is stated that the "commandments of the L-rd are sweeter than honey."

The joyful dancing takes place the preceding evening, as well as during the morning services of Simchat Torah.

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