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Shemini Atzeret: (lit."eighth assembly"); the eighth day of the Sukkot festival, a holiday in its own right, celebrated with great joy
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Prayers for rain, Yizkor, farewell to the sukkah, and . . . dancing!
A guide to the laws, prayers and customs of Shemini Atzeret.
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As in a marriage, when the wedding-party is over, the couple's true intimate life begins. Shemini Atzeret is described as the "time of intimacy with the Divine." At this time, we ask for rain - the symbol of intimacy between heaven and earth.
After you build the Holy Temple, take it home with you, allow the holiness to be part of your daily life.
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...
In numerous chassidic discoursesOr HaTorah, Shemini Atzeres, p. 1779ff.; maamarim entitled BaYom HaShemini Atzeres of the years 5667 and 5706, et al. the following question is raised: “Why do we celebrate Simchas Torah [our rejoicing with the Torah] on Sh...
A Guide to The Jewish Holiday of Sukkot, The Feast of Tabernacles, and the Meanings Behind it
The Sukkah, the Four Kinds, the "Water-Drawing Celebrations," the meaning of unity, the dynamics of joy, the Kabbalah of the willow -- explored via dozens of essays, insights, readings and stories
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