Why did Shemini Atzeret Become Simchat Torah?

Rabbanit Sally Mayer

Why did Shemini Atzeret Become Simchat Torah? Rabbanit Sally Mayer is Rosh Midrasha of the Maria and Joel Finkle Overseas Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum The Torah describes Succot repeatedly as a seven–day holiday (Vayikra 23, Bemidbar 29, Devarim 16). Yet the pesukim add that the eighth day will be “atzeret,” literally “stopping” or “gathering,” to be celebrated …

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Sukkot of the World

Sukkot in Poland

Sukkot of the World OTS emissaries cap the period of Jewish festivals in communal sukkot that they built all around the world. “To bring the spirit of the holiday from the State of Israel.”    By Reut Hadar – 28 September, 2018 (translated from Hebrew) Throughout the world, many Jewish people celebrate the Sukkot holiday. …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Sukkot 5779

Shabbat Shalom: Chol HaMoed Sukkot By Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – What is the true symbolism of the succa? The Talmud (B.T. Succa 11b) cites a difference of opinion between Rabbi Akiva and Rabbi Eliezer as to whether the succa commemorates the actual huts in which the Israelites dwelt in the desert, or the “clouds of glory” which …

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“Parsha to the Point” – Sukkot 5779

Hope and Faith Rabbi David Stav The holiday of Sukkot appears several times in the Torah, and is even discussed at length in Parshat Emor and in Parshat Re’eh. Surprisingly, however, our Sages instituted that the Torah reading for the Shabbat of Sukkot come from a number of verses in Parshat Ki Tisa, even though this …

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Sukkot 5778

Shabbat Shalom: Sukkot 5778 Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “…in order that your ensuing generations will know that I had the People of Israel live in sukkot when I took them out of the land of Egypt. I am the Lord, your God” . One of the most colorful and engaging holidays of the …

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“Parsha to the Point” – Sukkot 5778

Sukkot 5778 Rabbi David Stav  Sukkot is a particularly festive and beloved holiday, and indeed, the Torah specifically commands us to be joyful on these days . The uniquely celebratory nature of Sukkot is perhaps best demonstrated by the special water-drawing celebration in the Temple, Simchat Beit Hashoeva, which took place during the intermediate days of …

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