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When do we change back the proches (ark-cover) etc from white to the rest-of-the-year colour? I would have thought right after Simchas Torah or possibly Isru Chag?

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I would have thought before Shmini Atzeret. ימים נוראים end by Hoshana Raba. – JNF Oct 11 '12 at 21:54
@JNF So 13 Tishrei is a Yom Nora? – Double AA Oct 11 '12 at 22:40
When do we change it to white? – Double AA Oct 12 '12 at 2:46
@DoubleAA, We usually change it to white before Rosh Hashana. And yes, we are noheg to have honey on the table (instead or beside the salt) until Hoshana Raba (when the kvitlach are sent). – JNF Oct 12 '12 at 9:31

Nitey Gavriel (Rosh Hashana pg. 153) brings the custom to have white paroches etc until after Yom Kippur. In Nitey Gavriel (Sukkos pg. 362) he brings the Maharil, Sharey Efrayim and Minhagei Amsterdam who say to put up white paroches etc. on Hashana Rabba - implying that they had already been changed back from Rosh Hashana. However he writes (without citing a source) that the custom of many Chassidic communities is to leave the white paroches up from Rosh Hashana till after Simchas Torah, and that some even have the custom to do so till after Shabbos Breishis.

In the Lubavitcher Rebbe's shul the white paroches were up from Rosh Hashana till after Simchas Torah (although Luach Kollel Chabad it says to change the paroches and sifrei torah covers to white on the days when Tefillas Tal and Tefilas Geshem are recited, implying they were not left as such from Rosh Hashana). (Otzar Minhagei Chabad pg 363)

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