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During the weeklong festival of Sukkot (Tabernacles), the regular Parasha (Torah portion) for Shabbat is suspended, and a special Parasha pertaining to the holiday is read in synagogues around the world. Each day of Sukkot has its own designated reading (Please refer to the reading schedule in our website). One significance of Sukkot, as understood by some, is that it represents the sheltering presence of God... read more >>


The when and what of Shemini Atzeret and Simcha Torah...

Shemini Atzeret will occur on the following secular calendar:

      * Jewish Year 5775: from sunset October 16, 2014 to nightfall October 17, 2014.

      * According to the rabbis, Shemini Atzeret literally means "the assembly of the eighth (day)," which is mentioned in Leviticus 23:34.

      * The Torah portion to read for this sacred assembly is from parasha Re'eh, Deuteronomy 14:22 - 16:17. Along with this, read also Numbers 29:35- 30:1. The Haftorah portion to read is 1 Kings 8:54 - 9:1.

Outside Israel, Simchat Torah will occur on the following day of the secular calendar:

* Jewish Year 5775: sunset October 17, 2014 - nightfall October 18, 2014. Our service will occur the morning of the 18th at 10:35 am

* This is the holiday that celebrates the conclusion of the yearly cycle of reading the Torah, after which we begin anew reading the Five Books of Moses, starting from the first chapter of Genesis.  On Simchat Torah, we read the last Torah portion (Vezot Haberachah – Deuteronomy 33:1 – 34:12), then proceed immediately to the first chapter of Genesis (Gen. 1:1-2:3), reminding us that the Torah is a circle, and never ends.  One should also read Numbers 29:35-30:1 as well. The Haftorah portion for this celebration is Joshua 1:1-18.


The Book of Numbers explains Shemini Atzeret simply: “On the eighth day you should hold a solemn gathering; you shall not work at your occupation.” That’s about it. the “eighth day”—shemini—concept suggests the holiday is part of Sukkot, a final eighth day of the holiday; it is, however, not part of Sukkot, though the two holidays share a focus on agriculture and Shemini Atzeret follows directly after the holiday of Sukkot.

In Israel, Simchat Torah and Shemini Atzeret are celebrated on the same day, right after Sukkot.

The focus of Simchat Torah is the Five Books of Moses—finishing reading them, that is. On Simchat Torah, congregants read the Torah’s last portion and then jump right back to the beginning and read the first, creating a never-ending cycle of book reading.

Simchat Torah’s festivities begin, as do all Jewish holidays, on the holiday’s eve. The synagogue’s Torah scrolls, confined to the ark, are removed, and members of the entire congregation pass the scrolls from hand to hand, dancing and chanting liturgy while circling the synagogue seven times. This is known as hakafot, or rounds. While tradition only requires the revelers to remain inside the synagogue, many communities take the party to the streets, and children are customarily given colorful flags and candy.



There is no particular food associated with Shemini Atzeret. And while there is no echt dish for Simchat Torah, it is traditional to give children sweets to better emphasize the joyous nature of the holiday. Torah-shaped cookies and candied apples are perennial favorites.



The only “do” for Shemini Atzeret is to begin the recitation of a special prayer for rain, tefilat geshem, marking the beginning of the rainy season following the harvest.  Keep in mind, however, that this is a rabbinic dictum. This plea is recited regularly by devout Jews (and some Messianic believers) until Passover.

The “don’t” is of course found in scripture:  “…you shall not work at your occupation.” Other translations say, “…you shall not do any laborious work.”  The NIV versions states:  “…do no regular work.”  The Complete Jewish Bible states: “…do not do any kind of ordinary work (on that day).”

Hag Sameach!


We are experiencing some exciting changes and growth at Shoresh David and we would love to have you join us. Our Passover service and Seder was filled with joy, excitement and much dancing. Our Congregational Leaders, Rabbi Stuart Fabricant and Lead Shamash, Trini Rodriguez, shared with us the traditions surrounding the celebration of Passover. Not only do they provide insights and lessons about our appointed Holy Days, but encourage us to study to show ourselves approved.

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