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How many days is Sukkot?

How many days is Sukkot?
Answer By: 
Rabbi Mark Washofsky
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Sukkot, the Jewish festival of booths (a harvest holiday of thanksgiving), begins on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei and lasts for seven days. The first day of Sukkot is a festival day; the second through seventh days are known as chol hamo-eid (intermediate days) of Sukkot. The day after Sukkot ends is Sh’mini Atzeret (literally, the assembly of the eighth day), on which Simchat Torah (the Festival of rejoicing in the Torah) also is observed. This day, too, is a festival day.

This year, Sukkot begins on the evening of Wednesday, October 4. Sh’mini Atzeret and Simchat Torah begin on the evening of October 11.

Adapted from: Jewish Living: A Guide to Contemporary Reform Practice