Hoshana Rabba / Shemini Atzeres / Simchas Torah 5781

SUCCOS VII, HOSHANA RABBAH, CHOL HAMOED, FRIDAY, OCTOBER 9

  • Shacharis (Lulav & Esrog are used with a brocha; Tefillin are worn without a brocha; Aravos are used). From the perspective of its status as a Yom Tov, Hoshana Rabbah is the same as any other of the Chol HaMoed days. However, many extra prayers are added to the service on Hoshana Rabbah. The reason for this is that throughout the Yom Tov of Succos we are judged concerning the fate of our water supply. On Hoshana Rabbah, the judgment is finalized. The conclusion of any period of Judgment is our last chance to influence the Divine Judgment and, therefore, it is of great importance to us. The Chazzan wears a Kittel as on Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
  • Mussaf: At the conclusion of Chazzan’s Repetition, we take out all of the Sifrei Torah from the Aron HaKodesh and bring them to the Bimah where members of the congregation hold them while the rest of the congregation, led by the Chazzan, march around the Bimah seven times with their Lulavim and Esrogim; all of the Hoshanos for Hoshana Rabba are said; when we get to “Taaneh Emunim” we put the Four Species down and we take the special Aravos of Hoshana Rabba (the custom is to take five stems that are bound together) into our hands (anything that invalidates the Arovos of the Four Species during Succos invalidates these Arovos on Hoshana Rabba); at the end of the Hoshanos we beat the Arovos against the floor five times according to custom.

SHEMINI ATZERES, FRIDAY NIGHT, OCTOBER 9

  • Candlelighting: 6:42 PM
  • Meals are eaten in the succah without the blessing of Leishev B’Succah. We do not sleep in the succah.

SHEMINI ATZERES, SHABBOS, OCTOBER 10

  • Yizkor: You can say Yizkor at home by yourself
  • Mussaf: We begin saying Mashiv HaRuach U’Morid HaGeshem in the silent Shemoneh Esrei
  • Meals are eaten in the succah without the blessing of Leishev B’Succah.
  • Candlelighting (from a pre-existing flame): 7:49 PM
  • Meals are eaten in the house

SIMCHAS TORAH, SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11

  • Meals are eaten in the house
  • Havdalla/Simchas Torah ends: 7:48 PM

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.