Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah 2017 / ערב שמחת תורה

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By Christians for Israel International.. Shemini Atzeret (שמיני עצרת– “the Eighth [day] of Assembly”) is a Jewish holiday. It is celebrated on the 22nd day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei (first month of calendar). In the Diaspora, an additional day is celebrated, the second day being separately referred to as Simchat Torah. In Israel and Reform Judaism, the holidays of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are combined into a single day and the names are used interchangeably. Shmini Atzeret begins at sundown on Wednesday, 11 October 2017. Simchat Torah or Simḥath Torah (also Simkhes Toreh, Hebrew: שִׂמְחַת תורָה, lit., “Rejoicing with/of the Torah,”) is a celebration marking the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and the beginning of a new cycle. Simchat Torah is a component of the Biblical Jewish holiday of Shemini Atzeret (“Eighth Day of Assembly”), which follows immediately after the festival of Sukkot in the month of Tishrei (mid-September to early October on the Gregorian calendar). Simchat Torah begins at sundown on Thursday, 12 October 2017.

If you want to learn more about Simchat Torah, go to:
http://www.jewfaq.org/holiday6.htm
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simchat_Torah
http://www.chabad.org/generic_cdo/aid/984606/jewish/Sukkot-Simchat-Torah.htm

From:
https://www.hebcal.com/holidays/simchat-torah

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