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A time of ref lection gives way to joy

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At sundown on Oct. 23, 2016, the Jewish people will celebrate Hoshana Rabba, and at sundown the next day will begin Simhat Torah. This concludes a series of Holy Days that began on Oct. 2 with Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year.

While earlier Holy Days focused on contemplation of the past year, confession of sins and prayers for the Lord’s atonement, these last Holy Days are much more optimistic and joyous.