Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah
Not quite Sukkot, not quite its own holiday.
Traditional hellos for the holiday that celebrates the cycle of Torah reading.
Invoking the merits of our ancestors in praying for rain hints at the endless cycling of water through all of life since the dawn of creation.
In this Torah portion, God creates the world. After Adam and Eve eat the forbidden fruit, they are banished from the Garden of Eden. Later Cain kills Abel. God then considers destroying all of Creation.
October 26, 2019
Genesis 1:1 - 6:8
Isaiah 42:5 - 43:10
Lessons on Genesis — from the Emmys and beyond.
Rabbi Asher Lopatin
Beliefs & Practices
On the doorposts of houses and rooms.
Clothing & Appearance
Body ink is a no-no, but it won't bar you from Jewish life.
This hymn, based on Maimonides' 13 principles of faith, is often sung at the conclusion of Friday night services.
No, this isn’t a Christmas cookie. The flavors are straight out of the Germanic regions, like Alsace-Lorraine, Germany, and Austria, ...
A few years ago I was a judge at a Kugel Cook-off and even a million calories later I was ...
Sukkot is over (holidays are over finally – yay) and it’s back to normal life again. Now, what to do ...
Match the ritual object to its corresponding holiday.
How much do you know about these final holidays of the High Holiday season?
By Holly Lebowitz Rossi
Hoshanah Rabbah, the seventh day of Sukkot, marks the thematic end of the High Holiday period.
From biblical times to the present.
A new identity for the second day of Shemini Atzeret.