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Shemini Atzeret


Shemini Atzeret (“The Eighth Day of Assembly”) celebrated on the 22nd day of the Hebrew month of Tishri, right after the Festival of Sukkot. According to the Torah (BeMidbar) – “On the eighth day you should hold a solemn gathering; you shall not work at your occupation”.

Rabbinic tradition teaches that on Shemini Atzeret the world is judged for water, or rainfall, in the upcoming year. In an agricultural society it was a very important day. It is on this day that we begin to ask for rain – Teffilat Geshrem.

The prayer for rain begins on Shemini Atzeret and goes until Passover.

It is traditional to include Yizkor (a memorial service) during this day.

Shmini Atzeret Happens at sundown on:

16 October 2022 22 Tishrei 5783
6 October 2023 22 Tishrei 5784
23 October 2024 22 Tishrei 5785
13 October 2025 22 Tishrei 5786
2 October 2026 22 Tishrei 5787
22 October 2027 22 Tishrei 5788
11 October 2028 22 Tishrei 5789
30 September 2029 22 Tishrei 5790