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Shemini Atzeret & Yizkor
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Shemini Atzeret & Yizkor

October 21 2019, 9:30 AM - 1:00 PM

On Shemini Atzeret, the eighth day of Sukkot, our community comes together to chant a special prayer pleading for rain, as rain symbolizes prosperity. Shemini Atzeret is also one of the holidays giving us the opportunity to observe Yizkor to remember and reflect on our departed loved ones.

Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch drew out the meaning of the holiday from the word atzeret, which he translated as “to gather” or “to store up.” Therefore, on this final day of celebration, we must store up the sentiments of gratitude and devotion we gathered throughout the entire fall holiday season to carry us to the next holiday nearly two months later, Hannukah.

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