Last Day of Sukkot

The last day of Sukkot takes place on the 21st day of the Jewish month of Tishrei. This ranges from September to October. Sukkot is a seven-day period for reminiscence on the Israelites 40 year period of wandering in the desert following the exodus from Egypt.

It is one of three festivals mandated by the Torah to include a pilgrimage to Jerusalem, a practice that stopped after the destruction of the temple but is still observed by some Jews. It begins the period of the Feast of Tabernacles. The last day of Sukkot is called Hoshana Rabbah.

The last day of Sukkot is usually celebrated with a special synagogue service. Observers will take rolls of the Torah out from the ark and walk around the synagogue seven times while reciting prayer. The service will end with a blessing and many practice a beating of the willow branch, called aravah.

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