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Simchas Torah / Shemini Atzeres: Its Significance, Laws, And Prayers/

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Simchas Torah / Shemini Atzeres: Its Significance, Laws, And Prayers
A presentation anthologized from Talmudic and Midrashic sources

By Rabbi Moshe Lieber (Author) 
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Catalog #: SIMH
ISBN-10: 0899063179
ISBN-13: 9780899063171
Binding: Hardcover / Pages: 213
Dimensions: 6 x 9 inches / Weight: 1.25 LBS
Published: by ArtScroll Mesorah Publications

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Succos is the climax of the most festival-filled month in the year -- and Shemini Atzeres/Simchas Torah is the climax of Succos. The introspection and spiritual awakening of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and the Ten Days of Repentance prepare us for Succos, the “time of our gladness.” And then, after their seven days of joy, the Jewish people bursts forth in the ecstasy of Simchas Torah.

How natural. As Sfas Emes comments, when a Jew exults, he takes his happiness and dedicates it to a higher purpose. So when the festival season has elevated the Jewish people to heights of gladness, the nation celebrates with the greatest gift human beings have ever received -- the Torah!

Shemini Atzeres and Simchas Torah combine the intensity of Geshem (the Prayer for Rain) and Yizkor (the Memorial Prayer), with the exultation of the Hakafos, the joyous circuits with the Torah Scrolls. As arms embrace the Torah, lips kiss it, voices sing of it, and feet defy gravity to rejoice with it, the Jew experiences the feeling that “We are fortunate -- how good is our portion, how pleasant is our lot, and beautiful our heritage!”

This book captures the mood, the traditions, the laws, the significance, the history, the beauty of Shemini Atzeres/Simchas Torah. In the tradition of the other volumes in the ArtScroll Holiday Series, it distills the beauty of the festival and enables the reader to learn and enjoy, to bring himself into the atmosphere of the day and come away enriched and exhilarated.

Written by Rabbi Moshe Lieber, author of ArtScroll’s highly-regarded The Pirkei Avos Treasury, this work is a worthy addition to the Holiday Series. Engagingly written, culled from a very broad range of Torah masterpieces, and leavened by the author’s own lively and profound spirit, it will enrich the observance of the festival for every reader -- and do it in a very enjoyable way.

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Other Selected Titles by Rabbi Moshe Lieber:
Haggadah Anthology - Gift Edition
Pirkei Avos Treasury - Deluxe Gift Edition
The Torah Treasury - Deluxe Gift Edition

Table of Contents

An Overview / Climax of Joy

  • Nature of the Festival
  • Its Special Message
  • The Festival's Uniqueness
Insights - Shemini Atzeres
  • Epitome of Love
  • A Multifaceted Jewel
  • A Portent of Things to Come
  • Rain - Key to Prosperity
  • Farewell to the Succah
Insights - Simchas Torah
  • A Joyous Finale / A Joyous Beginning
  • Shemini Atzeres and Simchas Torah: A Fitting Combination
  • Hakafos
  • Last to First - Interpretations and Allusions
  • Stories
Selected Laws and Customs
  • Laws of Shemini Atzeres
  • Laws of Simchas Torah
  • Appendix: Shemini Atzeres - An Independent Festival
  • Prayers for Rain
  • Farewell to the Succah
  • Hakafos

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