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We were at our friends Steven and Ariella and this vort came from him (through Rafi…)

A Childlike Simplicity of Shmini Atzeret

Shmini Atzeret is the 8th day after Sukkot. It’s unlike the 7 first days in that we don’t sit in Sukkot, nor do we do any of the commandments associated with Sukkot- like taking the lulav and etrog. In the beit ha’mikdash it was also different- all the days of Sukkot had many sacrifices, alluding to including all the nations in our celebration, but the 8th day was just for B’nei Yisrael- we only have one of each sacrifice, representing the intimate relationship between B’nei Yisrael and Hashem.

It’s easier to relate to Shmini Atzeret in chu”l than in Israel. If the idea of Shmini Atzeret (literally: stopping on the 8th day) is to have one day at the end of the holiday season to just spend with Hashem, then doesn’t the Simchat Torah part kind of interfere with that? In chul they have one day of Shmini Atzeret and one day of Simchat Torah. Makes much more sense- each day is separate with a different idea. But if you think about it, Shmini Atzeret is a simple day. No mitzvot like sukkah and lulav. Barely any korbanot- only one of each kind, in contrast to Sukkot. It’s simple, just us and Hashem. (more…)

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