Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah

What is Shemini Atzeret?

Not quite Sukkot, not quite its own holiday.

How to Greet Someone on Simchat Torah

Traditional hellos for the holiday that celebrates the cycle of Torah reading.

Tefillat Geshem: The Prayer for Rain

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.

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Summary

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.

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Parashat Bereshit

Genesis 1:1 - 6:8

Isaiah 42:5 - 43:10

To Mix or Not to Mix

Lessons on Genesis — from the Emmys and beyond.

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What is a Mezuzah?

On the doorposts of houses and rooms.

The Tattoo Taboo in Judaism

Body ink is a no-no, but it won't bar you from Jewish life.

How to Say Yigdal

This hymn, based on Maimonides' 13 principles of faith, is often sung at the conclusion of Friday night services.

Recipes

Gingersnap and Apple Challah Recipe

No, this isn’t a Christmas cookie. The flavors are straight out of the Germanic regions, like Alsace-Lorraine, Germany, and Austria, ...

Cranberry and Roasted Squash Noodle Kugel Recipe

A few years ago I was a judge at a Kugel Cook-off and even a million calories later I was ...

Use Your Etrog With These 5 Recipes

Sukkot is over (holidays are over finally – yay) and it’s back to normal life again. Now, what to do ...

Quizzes

What Ritual Object Goes With Which Holiday?

Match the ritual object to its corresponding holiday.

Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah Quiz

How much do you know about these final holidays of the High Holiday season?

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Closing the Season of Repentance

Hoshanah Rabbah, the seventh day of Sukkot, marks the thematic end of the High Holiday period.

How Simchat Torah Came To Be

A new identity for the second day of Shemini Atzeret.