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Simchat Torah (Bereishit)

Take the Sukkot Quiz
Take these 10 questions to see how well you know the joyous holiday of Sukkot.
Bereishit Parshah Quiz

Take this quiz to see how well you know the parshah of Bereishit.
The Rebbe and a Young Man With Autism

“We have another son, who, unfortunately, is not well. He is autistic. He needs a blessing.”
Simchat Torah Info
What to Expect at Simchat Torah Services

Sure there are the Torahs and prayers, but there is also dancing, singing, capering, and snacking in the synagogue.
Why Flags (With Apples and Candles) on Simchat Torah?

Many old-timers recall the custom for children to carry a candle stuck into an apple on top of a flag.
Living the Holidays
The Day I Was an Angel

It had been a drizzly morning, gray and overcast, and I stood like a soldier outside a local bagel shop.
There Is No Such Thing as a Person of the Book

I’ll never forget the day a rabbi told me to stop reading so many Jewish books.
The Torah Saved by the Soviet Policeman

The Torahs were technically considered state property and that tampering with them could result in the harshest punishments.
7 Paradoxes About the Sukkah That Help Us Break Through Illusions

We depend on our touchstones: psychological security, a stable income, protection from crime. Clothing, food, warm shelter
Flying Rocks, Palm Fronds, and the Soul of Sukkot

What’s with the Jews and their stubborn insistence on living in a world of superstitions and anachronisms?
Looking Back at Pittsburgh
There is Only One Story

Start the Torah Cycle With Shabbat deLights
Delight each week in practical tools for dealing with life’s most pressing challenges
How Adam and Eve Made Peace With Abel's Murder

Adam and Eve were at a loss, not only about what to do with Abel’s body, but they had a much deeper question: how to respond to absolute evil? How could they continue to live after witnessing the depravity of which humanity was capable?
Yes, I Am a Chassidic Feminist

A perspective on the curse of Eve
Stuffed Cabbage

Meat and rice, rolled up in cabbage and cooked in a decadent sauce - a Simchat Torah classic. With step-by-step photo instructions.
Five years is the age for the study of Scripture. Ten, for Mishnah. Thirteen, for the obligation to observe the mitzvot. Fifteen, for the study of Talmud. Eighteen, for marriage. Twenty, to pursue [a livelihood]. Thirty, for strength, Forty, for understanding. Fifty, for counsel. Sixty, for sagacity. Seventy, for elderliness. Eighty, for power. Ninety, to stoop. A hundred-year-old is as one who has died and passed away and has been negated from the world.
— Ethics of the Fathers 5:22
Print Magazine

There are two paths:

One: Everything is for the good. Perhaps not immediately, but eventually good will come out from it.

The other: Everything is truly good—because there is nothing else but He who is Good. It’s just a matter of holding firm a little longer, unperturbed by the phantoms of our limited vision...