Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah at Home
Shemini Atzeret is not only a time for lingering in the sukkah, but a time for saying goodbye to the holiday season as well. Some people gather in the sukkah in the afternoon with friends and family to eat cake or fruit and have a drink (alcoholic or non-alcoholic) and then together to say good-bye to the sukkah for the current year. Whenever the final meal in the sukkah takes place, the following formulaic good-bye is recited by some Jews: “May it be Your will, Adonai, our God and the God of our ancestors, that just as I have fulfilled the mitzvah and dwelt in this Sukkah, so may I merit in the coming year to dwell in the Sukkah of the skin of Leviathan” (the skin of Leviathan alludes to messianic times).
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