Shemini Atzeret


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Shemini Atzeret

Between September 27 and October 25; Tishri 22
Shemini Atzeret, or "eighth day of solemn assembly," is actually the eighth day of the festival of Sukkot, but it is celebrated as a separate holiday dedicated to the love of God. The second day of Shemini Atzeret is known as Simhat Torah and is also celebrated separately by Orthodox and Conservative Jews. Most Reform Jews celebrate Shemini Atzeret concurrently with Simhat Torah.
In ancient times, prayers for rain were recited on this day—a practice that is still part of Orthodox services. It is also one of four Jewish holidays on which the Yizkor, or memorial rite for the dead, is observed. The other three are Yom Kippur, the second day of Shavuot, and the last day of Passover.
CONTACTS:
Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America
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New York, NY 10004
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SOURCES:
AmerBkDays-2000, p. 710
AnnivHol-2000, p. 228
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