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Two Lesser-Known Jewish Holidays Occur this Week

Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are the last two festivals during this month of  the High Holidays. Shemini Atzeret is an extension of the Sukkot holiday, and will begin this year on Sunday evening, October 22 and is followed the following evening by Simchat Torah.

Simchat Torah is the joyful culmination of the month of Tishrei. On this holiday, we dance with the Torah. In synagogues around the world, the Torahs are taken out of the ark and carried aloft in round after round of euphoric dancing. 

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