04 October 2015

Chag Shemini Atzeret 5776

21 Tishrei
Hoshanah Rabbah
6th Day Chol HaMoed Sukkot
Erev Chag Shemini Atzeret


For [the] seven days [of Sukkot] you shall bring a fire offering to G‑d. On the eighth day, it shall be a holy convocation for you... It is a [day of] detention.

—Leviticus 23:36

[G‑d says to Israel,] "I have detained you [to remain] with Me." This is analogous to a king who invited his sons to feast with him for a certain number of days, and when the time came for them to leave, he said: "My sons! Please, stay with me just one more day; it is difficult for me to part with you!"

—Rashi's commentary ad loc
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Abba Sheb'Shamayim, draw your children close to you, console us and comfort us with Your love and mercy and send us our righteous Mashiach without any further delays!

~Chag Shemini Atzeret Sameach~