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Stop? Assembly? Who knows….

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Last night was the 7th day of Sukot- but it has a special name-  Hoshana Raba.  Kind of like a mini-Yom Kipur.  During services, we destroy the willow branches that are part of the Lulav and Etrog (see the picture below) we’ve employed during this seven day festival.  We either do this because it was part of the rain-bringing rituals that existed centuries ago- or to remind us of repentance.  (The origin of the practice is simply not clear to us today.)

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The 8th Day of Celebration

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Tonight is the start of a most unusual holiday. This is the last one that will preclude me from work for a while- all the way until April!  (Now, this is really good news.  Because, I can make some money!) The Tora gives us very little clue about this holiday and its requirements.  It’s simply called the Eighth Day of Assembly (Shmini Atzeret).

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Shmini Atzeret

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Last night (this should automatically post around 6 am on Thursday) started a most unusual holiday. This is the last one that requires me not to work until April.  (Good.  Now, I can make some money!) The bible gives us very little clue about this holiday.  It’s called the Eighth Day of Assembly (Shmini Atzeret).

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