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What is Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah all about? Is it merely a continuation of the week-long holiday of Sukkot or does it have its own special purpose?

Former Knesset member Rabbi Dov Lipman quotes his great-grandfather, Rabbi Elimelech Fishman, who explains that God asks for one more day of celebration and unity.

Let us take this holiday as an opportunity to focus on being a unified nation, loving one another despite any ideological or political differences.

Chag Sameach!