Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah
The two holidays at the conclusion of Sukkot.
From biblical times to the present.
Solomon dedicates the Temple, and the Israelites rejoice.
Special ceremonies for ending and beginning the Torah cycle.
Not quite Sukkot, not quite its own holiday.
What these holidays that follow Sukkot are about.
A time to dance with the Torah.
Ending -- and beginning -- the Torah cycle
Although both Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are curiously bereft of special home customs, both are full festivals marked by holiday meals, special blessings, and a prohibition on work.
A new identity for the second day of Shemini Atzeret.
How to celebrate the Festival of Booths.
What happens in synagogue on Sukkot.
How to celebrate the last Jewish holidays of fall.
A vegetarian entree perfect for autumn.
Set your slow cooker for a hearty, Israeli-inspired dinner.