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Why does Chabad do hakafot erev Shemini Atzeret

Growing up, I typically went to a Chabad and I have noticed that they have hakafot on erev Shemini Atzeret (meaning the night of Shemini Atzeret). What is the reason and why do they do this?
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When did it come about that Shmini Atzeret became Simchat Torah?

The Torah calls last day of Sukkos Shmini-Atzeres (or techically a separate holiday (PZ"R KS"B)) but at some point in time it became Simchat-Torah (in Israel) or the 2nd day in Chutz L'aretz. When did ...
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Why do we have different customs for the second day of Shmini Atzeret in the diaspora?

In the diaspora, where two days of yomim tovim are celebrated, the second day is typically an exact repetition of the first day. We say the same prayers, make a second Seder on Pesach, make kiddush ...
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Hakafos on Shmini Atzeres

Out of Eretz Yisroel there are those that do Hakafos on Shmini Atzeres at night and some that even do it by day. Mostly I think it is by the Chasidim. Does anyone know of any Yeshivish or non ...