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Infinite Wisdom
G-d, who formed and created man and all that exists, shares His wisdom, understanding and knowledge with us through the Torah, enabling us to maximize our potential and fulfill our life's purpose.
Days of Awe: A Time To Rejoice

The experience of joy and the meaning of Sukkot and Simchat Torah: Understanding how they follow naturally after Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.
Simchat Torah
On Simchat Torah we complete the yearly cycle of Torah readings, and celebrate by dancing with the Torah.
Holidays
Sukkot & Simchat Torah
A spectacular celebration of Jewish unity, faith in G‑d, and the completion of the annual Torah reading cycle.
Simchat Torah
Virtually everything you need to know about the holidays of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah: How-To Guides, Essays and Insights, Recipes, Stories, Multimedia, and much more!
Mitzvahs & Traditions
Chol Hamoed

Chol Hamoed refers to the “intermediate period” of the festivals of Passover and Sukkot. They are the days sandwiched between the beginning and ending holy days of both festivals.
Rejoice!
In the holiday prayers, each festival is given a short description. Sukkot is simply described as the “Season of our Rejoicing”!
Hakafot
A step-by-step guide to the Hakafot.
Hoshana Rabbah
G‑d told Abraham: “If atonement was not granted to your children on Rosh Hashanah, I will grant it on Yom Kippur; if atonement was not attained on Yom Kippur, it will be given on Hoshana Rabbah.”
Simchat Torah Guide
All the laws and traditions of Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah presented in a user-friendly fashion.
Chassidic Thought
I'm a Jew and I'm Proud

Before we roll back the Torah to Bereishit, let us reflect for a moment on Moses' final words: "Fortunate are you, O Israel…"
United We Sit

At the core of Sukkot is the quest for oneness. Let's take a look...
Simchat Torah Questionnaire

Please take a few moments to mentally fill out this form. Please think neatly and clearly, so that your answers are thinkable and organized.
Souls in the Rain

As in a marriage, when the wedding-party is over, the couple's true intimate life begins. Shemini Atzeret is described as the "time of intimacy with the Divine." At this time, we ask for rain - the symbol of intimacy between heaven and earth.
Tales from the Past
The Anatomy of an Encounter

Netanyahu recalls sitting in his office when there was a knock on the door. "There is this gentleman who wants to see you. He says he knows you." In comes this strapping chassid, with a beard and peyot. "Do I know you?" Netanyahu said...
Simchat Torah of a Cantonist
No words were necessary. I knew I was to be one of those boys who would be sent away from home, perhaps never to see my parents again.
When the Rebbe Invited Louis the Drunk

Louis had sadly become a drunk and had drifted away from family life. "Do you know if anyone might know how to contact him?" the Rebbe asked.
The Jewish Woman
Simchat Torah Recipes
Traditional Jewish holiday recipes with emphasis on time-honored Simchat Torah cuisine.
The Wonder of the Willow

The tree gives no fruit and the leaves give off no fragrance. Yet it is precisely in that “blandness” of being that we recognize the presence of something beyond. The willow’s minimalism is indicative of the inner point of the Jewish soul which is indivisible and thus empty of discernable distinctive qualities…
Living
Melting the Icicle

Sometimes we feel like we're living in a freezer. An icicle hanging in a cave. Our dreams are stuck in dream mode. Frozen.
By the measure that one metes out to others, so is meted out to him
— Talmud, Megillah 12b
Print Magazine

The rabbis of the Talmud, who lived in Roman times, told that in a time yet to come, G‑d will entertain us with a gladiator tournament.

We will watch and we will cheer on the victor. We will gasp as he falls and rejoice as he picks himself up again to continue the battle.

And we will realize that this victor is each...

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