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Shabbat and Sh’mini Atzeret/Simchat Torah – Evening Service

 

Sh’mini Atzeret is a solemn time for reflecting on the seven previous days of the festival of Sukkot. Sh’mini Atzeret literally means “the assembly of the eighth (day).” Rabbinic literature explains the holiday this way: “Our Creator is like a host, who invites us as visitors for a limited time, but when the time comes for us to leave, He has enjoyed himself so much that He asks us to stay another day. Another related explanation: Sukkot is a holiday intended for all of mankind, but when Sukkot is over, the Creator invites the Jewish people to stay for an extra day, for a more intimate celebration.”

Simchat Torah is a joyful celebration, often symbolized by dancing. Hebrew for “Rejoicing in the Law,” Simchat Torah also celebrates the completion of reading the Book of Deuteronomy (the fifth book of the Torah) and starting from the beginning with the Book of Genesis. In Israel and in many communities around the world, Simchat Torah is celebrated on the same day as Sh’mini Atzeret, making them a one-day festival.

We are looking forward to Rabbi Dalia Marx, Ph.D. joining us on the bimah to share a special Simchat Torah sermon, Simchat Torah: Global Traditions and Local Celebrations, to celebrate the “birthday” of the Torah.

Rabbi Marx, Ph.D. is the Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Professor of Liturgy and Midrash at HUC-JIR in Jerusalem. Marx, a tenth generation Jerusalemite, earned her doctorate at the Hebrew University and her rabbinic ordination at HUC-JIR in Jerusalem and Cincinnati in 2002. She is involved in various research projects and is active in promoting liberal Judaism in Israel. Marx writes for academic and popular journals and publications. Her book From Time to Time: Journeys in the Jewish Calendar (Yeditos Sfarim 2018), was translated to several languages, and is available in English from the CCAR Press.

If you are unable to join us in person, we invite you to watch the livestream at Experience Emanu-ElFacebook, or YouTube.

Date
Oct 6, 2023
Time
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
Date
Oct 6, 2023
Time
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM