Schedule for Sukkot, Hoshanah Rabbah, and Simchat Torah 2019

Don’t take this as perfect. I am checking to make sure that I get the schedule correct. This is for in the diaspora, USA.

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Sat Oct 19, 2019

During daytime this is the 6th day of Sukkot

After nightfall we begin the 7th day of Sukkot, 21st day of Tishri.

The minchah and ma’ariv service is for Hoshanah Rabbah.

Do we do any hakafot this evening? How do we use the lulav and etrog this evening? It is customary to study some texts this evening. What texts are commonly studied in the Ashkenazi community?

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Sunday Oct 20, 2019

For Shacharit and Musaf it is still Hosha’nah Rabbah. 21st day of Tishri.

On this day, after Musaf, all Torah scrolls taken out, then we do 7 hakafot (processions,) holding the lulav and etrog.

We remove the aravot (five willow twigs tied together) from the lulav-assembly, and we will strike them against the ground.

At nightfall begins the 22nd day of Tishri, which is Shemini Atzeret. During minchah and ma’ariv, we don’t dwell in a Sukkah, or use the lulav and etrog. No hakafot. But we do say kiddush in the sukkah.

Now is the beginning of the rainy season in Israel. So instead of saying the prayer for dew, we now say the prayer for rain.

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Monday Oct. 21, 2019

Shemini Atzeret – Tishri 22

8th day of Sukkot. In the Talmud it is written that “the eighth day [of Sukkot] is a separate festival”, so Sukkot is really observed as seven days, and Shemini Atzeret is observed as a separate holiday. It marks the beginning of the rainy season in Israel.

At nightfall begins Simchat Torah, 23rd day of Tishri. Dancing with the Torah!

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Tuesday Oct. 21, 2019. Simhat Torah – Tishri 23

After Musaf we do dancing with the Torah.

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