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Pyramids of Unity

The Holiday Mitzvahs There are two Mitzvahs that are specifically intended for the holiday of Sukkot, eating in the Sukkah and the blessing on the four...

Start Again

A Page Turner When was the last time you spent an entire year reading a two thousand-page novel and then launched into a second reading of it on the very...

Why celebrate the Torah twice -- on Shavuot and Simchat Torah?

Mrs. Shaffer: Welcome......how can I help you?:) Adina: What_s the difference between the reasons for celebrating the Torah on Shavuot and Simchat...

When are Sukkot and Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah?

Sukkot is a seven day holiday which begins on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei and concludes on the 21st. Outside of Israel the first two...

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...

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...

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...

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)....

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 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...