Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Special Days

77: Resting on Shemini Atzeres

"On the eighth day you shall have a holy day..." (Vayikra 23:35)

The last day of Sukkos (two days in chutz la'aretz) is also a day of rest, called Shemini Atzeres. This is actually a separate holiday from Sukkos and we no longer say the berachah when we eat in the sukkah on this day. It is also referred to as "zeman simchaseinu," the time of our joy, and it is when our joy is at its peak.

We also conclude the yearly cycle of the Torah reading on this day, and it is therefore known as Simchas Torah. Simchas Torah is the ninth day of the festival in chutz la'aretz, while in Eretz Yisrael it is celebrated on the eighth day. We dance in circles (hakafos) around the bimah in celebration of our conclusion of the Torah.


Text Copyright 2008 by Rabbi Moshe Goldberger and Torah.org.


 
Sell Chometz Online







ARTICLES ON KEDOSHIM AND THE OMER:

View Complete List

Why is this Portion Different from Other Portions?
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5757

Make Your Parents and Teachers Proud
Shlomo Katz - 5763

State of the Union
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5766

> Holiness - Served Fresh
Shlomo Katz - 5764

Everybody's a Dreamer Everybody's a Star
Jon Erlbaum - 0

Unspoken Words
Rabbi Label Lam - 5760

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

A Good Place to Begin
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

Everyday Holiness
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5766

Fun vs. Pleasure
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5773

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Crossroads of Life
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5770

Encouraging His Children to Climb
Rabbi Label Lam - 5772

Be a Holy Nation!
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5757

ArtScroll

Power of Rabbi Akiva
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5760

Sweet Revenge
Rabbi Mordechai Kamenetzky - 5761

Holiness Happens
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5763

From the Inside Out
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5761



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information