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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...
Angels don’t say l’chaim on Simchat Torah, so they arose to sing G-d’s praises in the heavens at the usual time. They found heaven littered with strange objects: torn slippers, broken heels. "Yes," admitted the angel Michoel, "this is my merchandise"
The hakafot were in full swing. Round and round went the circle of dancing worshippers in the little shul, chanting a snappy Simchat Torah melody and dancing rhythmically to its tune. Circles formed and reformed as some dancers dropped out exhausted and o...
A Lesson in Remaining One People Despite Our Differences
What do you do if you’re celebrating with friends, and the man who opposes you turns up at the party?
Print this booklet before the holiday for handy use as you celebrate Simchat Torah.
Many old-timers recall the custom for children to carry a candle stuck into an apple on top of a flag.
One Simchat Torah, a group of boisterous villagers burst through the entrance in high spirits . . .
On the absurdity of Simchat Torah
Books are for reading. For understanding. For discussing. Dancing? Really? Does anybody do this?
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