Volume 3 Number 34 – October 10, 2020 – 22 Tishrei 5781
Shemini Atzeretand Unity
Following the seven joyous days of Sukkot, during which all nations, Jews and non-Jews, celebrated and brought sacrificial offerings to the Temple, we come to the happy holiday of Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah when G‑d makes a special request of the Jewish people. After all the other nations have gone home, G‑d asks the Jewish people to “hold back” for one more day of celebration —“Shemini Atzeret.” Beginning with Rosh Hashanah when we stand together in judgement before G-d, continuing through Yom Kippur when our judgement is sealed, through the joy of Sukkot, and finally on Shemini Atzeret when we experience the pinnacle of Jewish unity and connectedness to G-d — each of us is of equal importance before G-d. This progression of holidays binds us together and allows us to recognize the great value that every one of us brings to G‑d’s vision for the world. On Shemini Atzeret we express Jewish unity not in a passive sense (standing together in prayer) or even a symbolic sense (shaking a lulav); we demonstrate it through an experiential, concrete act that encompasses our entire being, from our head to our feet. We do it through the act of dancing, specifically, dancing in a circular formation, so that ‘I’ becomes ‘we’ and ‘we’ become ‘one’ in unity, bound together, and to G-d.
On Shemini Atzeret, we say a special prayer for rain, which is symbolic of bringing potential into actual—and this, too, is our objective on Shemini Atzeret: to allow the central High Holiday theme of Jewish unity to be tangibly and practically expressed, planted firmly in our attitude and behavior—which begins by ensuring that every Jew feels included in the celebration of our most precious gift: our connection to G‑d, to the Torah, and to the entire Jewish nation. May the inspiration of the holidays propel us to greater growth in the year ahead!
– adapted from www.Chabad.org
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The Marriage of Opposites, by Alice Hoffman
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