Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah

What is Shemini Atzeret?

Not quite Sukkot, not quite its own holiday.

Shemini Atzeret / Simchat Torah 101

The two holidays at the conclusion of Sukkot.

Tefillat Geshem: The Prayer for Rain

Recited by Ashkenazi Jews on Shemini Atzeret, this prayer invokes the merit of Jewish ancestors in requesting the natural resource on which all life depends.

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Summary

In making this the reading for Shemini Atzeret, a connection is drawn between Sukkot and this “eighth day of assembly.” For congregations that celebrate Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah on the same day, this reading is omitted.

Shemini Atzeret

Deuteronomy 14:22-16:17

I Kings 8:54 - 8:66

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