Past Jewish Festivals

Shemini Atzeret (The Eighth Day of Solemn Assembly)

20 October 2011

Tishrei 22 - HOSHANA RABBA is the final day of the Judgement cycle which started on ROSH HASHANAH. The eighth day is SHEMINIATZERET (The Eighth Day of Solemn Assembly). The last day is SIMCHAT TORAH (Rejoicing of the Law). In Israel Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are combined in one day. On SHEMINI ATZERET we pray for rain, we also recite YIZKOR.

HOSHANA RABBA is the final day of the Judgement cycle which started on ROSH HASHANAH. The eighth day is SHEMINIATZERET (The Eighth Day of Solemn Assembly). The last day is SIMCHAT TORAH (Rejoicing of the Law). In Israel Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are combined in one day. On SHEMINI ATZERET we pray for rain, we also recite YIZKOR. SIMCHAT TORAH marks the end of the annual cycle of the Torah reading, and the new cycle starts with the reading of the first chapter of Genesis. HAKAFOT a procession with the Torah scrolls, is the mark of the day. Special attention is given to children, who join the celebrations with flags and singing.

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