shemini atzeret

Alternative Spellings

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


  • 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." (

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


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).
JPS: The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001)

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