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October 12, 2017
Just thought you might like to know… Shemini Atzeret (שמיני עצרת – “the Eighth [day] of Assembly”) is celebrated on the 22nd day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. It’s sometimes thought of as the eighth day of Sukkot, even though it’s actually a separate holiday. Some consider it a way to mark the end of Sukkot. 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. This year, Shemini Atzeret begins at sundown on Wednesday, October 11 and ends at sundown on Thursday, October 12.
Shemini Atzeret is a yom tov, which means that it has similar obligations and restrictions to Shabbat. Some Jews choose to refrain from normal “work” on these days.