Shmini Atzeret / Sukkot

Hoshana Rabbah, Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Thora

B”H
Tonight and tomorrow is the seventh day of Sukkot: Hoshana Rabbah.
The kabbalistic ZOHAR (Book of Splendor) teaches that Hoshana Rabbah marks the end of G – d’s judgment period. Now His decrees are finalized.
It is customary to study through the whole night of Hoshana Rabbah. A lot of places in Jerusalem offer Shiurim. Tomorrow morning, thousands of Jews are making their way to the Kotel (Western Wall) in order to beat the Aravot (willow branches) onto the ground. A rather funny looking procedure:  
http://www.chabad.org/holidays/JewishNewYear/template_cdo/aid/4495/jewish/Hoshana-Rabbah.htm
Many frum Jews don’t sit in the Sukkah anymore, as soon as Hoshana Rabbah starts. Tomorrow night, Israeli Jews are going to celebrate Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. Both holidays fall on the same day. Diaspora Jews, on the other hand, celebrate these two holiday separately. Meaning, on two days. Whereas in Israel this Tuesday will be a regular weekday, Diaspora are still celebrating until Tuesday night. 🙂
Here are some Sephardi sounds:
Unfortunately, I didn’t have much of this Sukkot holiday. I had to work until late in the evening. Hopefully, next Sukkot will be better again!
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