|Beginning with the fifteenth day of the seventh month, after you have gathered the crops of the land, celebrate the festival to the LORD for seven days; the first day is a day of rest, and the eighth day also is a day of rest.(Leviticus 23,39)
||The eighth day: Final feast - Simchat Torah (the Rejoicing of the Law)/the weekly Torah readings are finished and start again with Genesis 1,1.
In the times of the temple, a priest went to the pool of Siloam to fill a golden pitcher with water. He then came back to the temple accompanied by a joyous procession of trumpet sounds and worshipers, and poured out the water near the altar. At the same time, he recited Isaiah 12,3 ff.: With joy you will draw water from the wells of salvation ....
Today, prayer for rain in the Mussaf - prayer corresponds to the biblical water libation.
Readings on the eighth day:
Deuteronomy 33,1 - 34,12
The number eight symbolises a new beginning. The eighth day of the week is the day after Sabbath. Now the work starts anew. On this day of the week, Jesus did rise from the dead. With HIM, God did create something new:
But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. (1.Corinthians 15,20)
The number of the name Jesus (Greek ΙΗΣΟΥΣ) is 888.
After a (Jewish) tradition, the Messiah shall come for the seventh millennium (according Jewish calendar), and establish the „Sabbath", the Kingdom of peace, which will last for thousand years. (Revelation 20). Afterwards, on the eighth day, there will follow something new:
Behold, I will create new heavens and a new earth. The former things will not be remembered, nor will they come to mind. (Isaiah 65,17) see also Rev 21