Monday, July 28, 2014 Av 1, 5774
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Teddy Weinberger, JE Feature
According to tradition, for each holy day of a festival, Jews living outside of Israel celebrate two. So what happens then with the two holy days at the end of Sukkot — Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah — which seem to be separate holidays rather than duplicates of the same event.
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myjewishlearning.com
So what exactly is the purpose of Shemini Atzeret and why do we dance with Torahs on Simchat Torah? Find background on both holidays here.
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Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz
The start of the New Year, the month of Tishrei, is full of holy days, among them four foundational ones: Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and Simchat Torah-Shemini Atzeret. They are as different from one another as possible. Yet, we may also think of all four as two pairs of two. The first two -- the day of memory and...
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Rabbi Joshua Runyan
Shemini Atzeret-Simchat Torah You've spent seven days eating, drinking and perhaps sleeping in a walled, tent-like structure with a roof specifically designed to let in the rain and the sunlight. Over the course of the week, with the exception of Shabbat, you've gathered together a curious combination of palm branch, two willow twigs and three myrtle branches, and held it...
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Rabbi David Gutterman, JE Feature
Shemini Atzeret, Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17 With all due respect to U.N. resolutions 242 and 338 regarding so-called "occupied territory," let me explain what these words really mean. When my granddaughter, Ariel Daizy, comes to our house for a Shabbat or Yom Tov, the house becomes -- in the most delicious and sweetest sense of the word -- occupied territory. You can't...
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