Shemini Atzeret | A OneTable Shabbat Guide

In Hebrew, Shemini Atzeret literally means the Eighth (Shemini) day of Assembly (Atzeret) — an eighth day of gathering and celebration that follows Sukkot. Both connected to Sukkot and a distinct holiday of its own, Shemini Atzeret exists to elevate the spiritual aspects of this seven day festival, among them our connection to the natural world. It is on this day that the traditional liturgy shifts to include prayers for rain, a reflection of our ancestors’ dependency on the often fickle weather patterns of the ancient Near East and a reminder of our own charged relationship to climate and the environment.

OneTable empowers people who don’t yet have a consistent Shabbat dinner practice to build one that feels authentic, sustainable, and valuable. The OneTable community is funded to support people (21-39ish), not in undergraduate studies, and without an existing weekly Shabbat practice, looking to find and share this powerful experience.

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