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What's the connection between the High Holidays and Sukkot?
Question: The High Holidays and Sukkot are in the same month, just about back to back, and seem to be connected. But what's the connection between the...

Simchat Torah: Dances with the Torah
Sukkot is known as the "Season of Our Joy." The joyousness of the holiday works up to a crescendo as the final days approach. Finally, the...

After the Holidays - Now what?
Wow! Has it been hectic or what? The Hebrew month of Tishrei is a doozy! Imagine – well one doesn’t really have to imagine – an entire...

Is Shmini Atzeret part of the holiday of Sukkot?
Shmini Atzeret is really an independent festival. That's why we make a Shehecheyanu blessing on this festival (as opposed to the seventh day of Passover...

What is the name of the holiday - Shmini Atzeret or Simchat Torah?
The Torah commands us1 to observe the eighth day from the start of Sukkot as a festival. This festival is known as Shmini Atzeres. In the Diaspora we...

Do we eat in the Sukkah on Shmini Atzeret?
In Israel where they observe the Biblical seven days of Sukkot, one only eats in the Sukkah for seven days. In the Diaspora, however, where all Biblical...

What is a Chatan Torah, and what is a Chatan Bereishit?
On Simchat Torah we conclude the Torah as part of the yearly cycle of its reading, and immediately begin a new cycle, starting from Bereishit (Genesis)....

Simchat Torah: The Closed Scroll Which Opens the Gates to True Joy
The culmination of any great achievement is accompanied by a natural feeling of satisfaction and joy. Each year on Simchat Torah we celebrate...

How is Shmini Atzeret celebrated?
Shmini Atzeret is a full-fledged, Torah mandated holiday. It is known as Yom Tov, and it is observed as a period of rest much like Shabbat. Work...

How is Simchat Torah celebrated?
Simchat Torah is known as Yom Tov. It is observed as a period of rest much like Shabbat. Work that is prohibited on Shabbat is prohibited during...

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