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On Friday night, October 1st , we celebrate Shemini Atzeres, the "Eighth Day of Assembly." Our sages explain this day with a parable. Once a king made a banquet for his citizens. After a week, most people went home. However, the king asked his close friends to stay an extra day, because their departure was difficult for Him. Similarly, G-d gave us this holiday right after Sukkos so that we would remain with Him a little longer.

  • On Shemini Atzeres, we ask G-d to send rain to the Land of Israel.

  • Israel celebrates Shemini Atzeres and Simchas Torah as one day. All other countries celebrate them as two separate days. On the Shemini Atzeres/Simchas Torah holiday, we finish reading the Torah and start it all over again.

  • During Shemini Atzeres and Simchas Torah, we dance with the Torah to show our love for G-d!

Rabbi Riddle's Kwazy Kwestions:
  1. What goes up and never comes down?
  1. The joy we feel on Simchas Torah!

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