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Simchat Torah

Sukkot & Simchat Torah
A spectacular celebration of Jewish unity, faith in G‑d, and the completion of the annual Torah reading cycle.
Shemini Atzeret / 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.
Sukkot Joy
In the holiday prayers, each festival is given a short description. Sukkot is simply described as the “Season of our Rejoicing”!
Simchat Torah Hakafot Procedure
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.”
Shemini Atzeret / 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.
Jewish 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
Shemini Atzeret / 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…
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.
Said Rabbi Joshua ben Levi: When a person walks along the way, a troop of angels march before him and announce: "Make way for the image of the Holy One, Blessed Be He"
— Midrash Rabbah, Devarim 4
Print Magazine

We are imprisoned because we have exiled our G‑d.

As long as we search for G‑d by abandoning the world He has made, we can never truly find Him.

As long as we believe there is a place to escape, we cannot be liberated.

The ultimate liberation will be when we open our eyes
to see that everything is here, now.

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