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Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret, Simhat Torah Resources

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Sukkot, followed by Shemini Atzeret and Simhat Torah is the culminating celebration of the High Holiday period. Following the weighty days of personal reflection and repentance on Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur, these joyous days spent feasting in outdoor booths and dancing with the Torah help us balance the disparate observance of these holidays. This fall harvest festival brings us back to the reality of the outside world, integrating our "new" selves with our "old" lives. To learn more about the significance of the Four Species, add some new tunes to your Hakafot roster, or discover a recipe for etrog jelly, see what the Library has to offer below.


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To find books about the holiday(s) in the catalog, search under the subject headings: SUKKOT ; SHEMINI ATZERET ; SIMHAT TORAH ; HOSHANA RABBA. You may also search the catalog under the holiday name with "customs and practices" after it. We also have some books and articles written on: FOUR SPECIES (SUKKOT) ; SUKKAH ; ETROG ; LULAV ; MYRTLE (SUKKOT) ; WILLOW (SUKKOT)

Most will be shelved in the BM 695 section. Sukkot - BM 695 S8 ; Shemini Atzeret - BM 695 S5.3 ; Simhat Torah - BM 695 S6.


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Recordings and musical scores can be found in the catalog under SUKKOT-MUSIC.


Recipe IconRecipes

Explore our collection of Jewish cook books that include both traditional and modern holiday recipes.


Study materials iconStudy and teaching

Search the catalog under SUKKOT--STUDY AND TEACHING or check with the Tartak Center (or email for lessons plans and project ideas.


Recommended websites


Explore Simchat Torah and Sh'mini Atzeret at Reform Judaism

This site offers articles on the history, blessings, customs and rituals, along with family activities

Explore Sukkot at Reform Judaism

The URJ provides overview articles, study guides, and family program resources. 

Sukkot at Judaism 101 by Tracey Rich

This site has a short overview of the holiday, the 4 species, and building a sukkah.

Sukkot at My Jewish Learning

This site contains articles in the areas of the basics, food, history, and traditions and rituals as well as instructions on building a sukkah.