The election date on Shemini Atzeret is discriminatory, a Jewish candidate and a Jewish voter say, because it prevents observant Jews from voting.
A synagogue in New Jersey will be celebrating the upcoming Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah holidays on a single day, rather than on two consecutive days as is normally the case outside Israel.
Abigail Pogrebin finished Sukkot with the shock of separation on Hoshana Rabba, then, on Shemini Atzeret, the sweetness of lingering.
At the heart of the Shemini Atzeret rain prayer, there is a reference to ‘the angel of rain.’ Philologos investigates how it wound up in the Sukkot celebration.
And to all dear readers, whatever your creed or background, a very happy and sweet Shemini Atzeret — or as a former editor of mine once referred to the festival, when I told him I had swapped shifts and would be out for yet another two days: You’re Making This One Up, Right?