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Saturday, June 24, 2017
Yom Shabbat, 30 Sivan 5777

Shemini Atzeret (Eighth Day of Assembly) and Simchat Torah (Rejoicing in the Torah) come at the very end of the Sukkot holiday. Included in the Shemini Atzeret service is the Yizkor (memorial) service where we remember our loved ones.

On Simchat Torah we joyously conclude the reading of the Torah (first five books of the Bible) and immediately begin the reading again, symbolizing the never-ending cycle of learning which Judaism holds to be of utmost importance.

Simchat Torah, Hebrew for rejoicing in the Law

in Simchat Torah
Simchat Torah, Hebrew for "rejoicing in the Law", celebrates the completion of the annual reading of the Torah. Simchat Torah is a joyous festival, in which we affirm our view of the Torah as a tree of life and demonstrate a living example of never-ending,…