Shemini Atzeret


Shemini Atzeret (SHMIH-nee ah-TSEH-ret) listen


  • n. Holiday celebrated the day after the seven-day holiday of Sukkot.

Example Sentences

  • "This guide for Shemini Atzeret is focused on those who live in the Diaspora. In Israel, where Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are compacted into one day, all the practices of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah (see Simchat Torah Guide) are observed on the same day." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Modern Hebrew


  • שמיני עצרת 'lit. the eighth day'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      shemini atseret, sh'mini atzeret, shmini atzeret, shmini atzeres, sh'mini atseres, shemini atseret

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