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Sukkot,
Shemini Atzeret
& Simchat Torah

Rejoice in the Safety of His Shelter

What is Sukkot?

Sukkot begins on the 15th day of Tishrei and runs for seven days. It is a holiday of happiness, in part due to the celebration surrounding the harvest. The observances unique to this holiday are the following:

Taking the Four Species

Lulav – Palm Branch, Etrog – Citron Fruit, Haddasim – Myrtle Branches, Aravot – Willow Branches

Dwelling in the Sukka

Special booths that remind us of G-d’s protection.

What is Shemeni Atzeret & Simchat Torah?

Although Shemini Atzeres and Simchas Torah appear to be the eighth (and ninth day, in the Diaspora) of Sukkos, in actuality, they are a separate holiday, which demonstrates G-d’s love of the Jewish people, and the celebration of the Jewish people for the completion of the Torah.

Simchat Torah Dancing and Celebration

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Sukkah Dwelling 101

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Building and living in a “Sukkah” is the observance that gives Sukkos its name, so here’s your brief guide to the where and how of building one, and avoiding the common pitfalls.

Lessons from Sukkot

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What lessons can be drawn from the services of Sukkos? What can we learn about the Jewish people and about humanity? 

 

Sukkos Perspectives

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A wide variety of perspectives into the depth and meaning of this monumental holiday.