September 29 (at sundown)-October 1.
This holiday is characterized by utterly unbridled joy, which surpasses even the joy of Sukkot. The joy reaches its climax on Simchat Torah, when we celebrate the conclusion – and restart – of the annual Torah-reading cycle.
The first day, Shemini Atzeret, features the prayers for rain, officially commemorating the start of the Mediterranean (i.e., Israeli) rain season, and the (prayer supplicating to remember the souls of the departed).
The highlight of the second day, Simchat Torah ("The Joy of the Torah"), is the, held both on the eve and morning of Simchat Torah, in which we march and dance with Torah scrolls around the reading table in the synagogue. (In many synagogues, hakafot are also conducted on the eve of Shemini Atzeret.)
On this joyous day when we conclude the Torah, it is customary for every man (and women in Conservative and Reform movements) to take part in the celebration by receiving an. The children too receive an aliyah!
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By Linda B, EtsyChai Team Captain