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Hakafot: (lit., "going around in circles") the sevenfold dancing procession made with the Torah scrolls on the holiday of Simchat Torah
The Complete Procedure for the Simchat Torah Hakafot Ceremony
A step-by-step guide to the Hakafot.
"I love my wife," said Berl. "That's why I do everything she asks me to do. She says, 'Berl, please take out the garbage,' and right away, I take out the garbage." We all agreed that Berl loves his wife.
Sure there are the Torahs and prayers, but there is also dancing, singing, tomfoolery, and snacking in the synagogue.
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In the gas chambers, one boy shouted: "Brothers! Today is the holiday of Simchat Torah. We do not have clothes to cover us, nor a Torah scroll with which to dance. So let us dance with G‑d Himself—who is surely here among us."
The rebbe heard his words, sighed, and remained silent. A reaction that certainly did not bode well . . .
The breaking of the Tablets? I thought we were past that? That was the beginning of the journey, 94 days ago. This was supposed to be its culmination! Are we turning the clock back?
“Fire consumes fire,” said the Rebbe. “The ‘fiery law’ of Torah will consume the fever induced by the frost . . .”
The soldier stared at the boy, fighting back tears. "Over these four terrible years, this is the first live Jewish child I have seen..."
Today is Simchat Torah ("Rejoicing of the Torah"), on which we conclude, and begin anew, the annual Torah reading cycle. The event is marked with great rejoicing, and the "hakafot" procession, held both on the eve and morning of Simchat Torah, in which we...
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