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Chol Hamo’ed Sukkos


Weekly Luach - Shabbat Shalom

At the conclusion of Hakafos we return all but one Sefer Torah to the Ark. We call three aliyos and we read from Vezos HaBeracha (Devarim 31:1-26). (Some congregations call up five people.)

The ba’al keriah then says half-Kaddish. We return the Sefer Torah to the Ark and we conclude with Aleinu and Mourner’s Kaddish. We no longer recite LeDavid Hashem Ori.

Kiddush is usual Shalosh Regalim Kiddush, with reference to Shemini Atzeres and Shehecheyanu.

We eat our festive se’uda in the house, as the second day of this Yom Tov in the Diaspora is considered like Shemini Atzeres in Eretz Yisrael – and is not treated as sefeka deyoma, a doubtful day.

Shacharis, 2nd day Yom Tov – see next week’s luach.

We do not say Tachanun until after Rosh Chodesh (2 Marcheshvan).

The following chapters of Tehillim are being recited by many congregations and Yeshivos for our brothers and sisters in Eretz Yisrael: Chapter 83, 130, 142 – Y.K.

About the Author: Rabbi Yaakov Klass, rav of Congregation K’hal Bnei Matisyahu in Flatbush, Brooklyn, is Torah Editor of The Jewish Press. He can be contacted at yklass@jewishpress.com.


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