Sunday, October 4, 2015

Shemini Atzeret and Simhat Torah

Shemini Atzeret and Simhat Torah

Day: Sunday
Date: October 4, 2015
Parshat: Vezot Habiracha
Yalkut Yosef: O"H: 668

In memory of Adam Eliyahu ben Reina.

The holiday of Shemini Atzeret is its own holiday and is not part of Succot. Outside of Eretz Yisrael it is treated as a safek since it may possibly be the last day of Succot. Therefore on Shemini Atzeret we eat and sleep in the Succah as we do on Succot but we do not say the beracha of Lishev BaSuccah. On the flip side we say Shehehyanu as we do at the beginning of any new Yom Tov. On the second day of Shemini Atzeret we read parshat Vezot Haberacha and we celebrate Simchat Torah with the hakafot, dancing, singing, and even clapping. Musical instruments may not be used since it is Yom Tov after all. After Succot is over we do not say Viduy or Nefilat Apayim (Tachanun) until after Rosh Hodesh Heshvan.

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