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Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

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Hello! Here is important information for Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah 2019. Let’s begin with the dates: Shemini Atzeret 2019 begins at sunset on October 20. It is immediately followed by Simchat Torah, which begins at sunset on October 21, and ends after...
Is the Yom Tov Sheini an anachronism?
Question: I understand that in ancient times the rabbis decreed that Jews in the Diaspora should celebrate holidays for two days, because of some confusion about the correct day to celebrate. Nowadays, however, we have a fixed calendar, so why do we still...
Everyone Has a Right to Rejoice On Simchat Torah we conclude the annual cycle of reading the Torah in public and start anew from Bereishit. This milestone is celebrated with much joy and festivity, and all Jews, men and women, young and old, learned and i...
Yizkor Yizkor is recited four times a year; Pesach, Shavuot, Yom Kippur, and Shemini Atzeret. It is not unusual for one to shed a tear or be overcome with emotion when this prayer is recited. The memory of the beloved one who is no longer physically in ou...
Every year on the holiday of Simchat Torah, three different portions of the Torah are read during the morning service. a) V'zot Haberacha, the last portion of the Torah; b) the holiday maftir reading, discussing the day's Temple service; c) Bereishit, the...
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