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Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

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I “Bayom haShemini (on the Eighth Day) shall be an Atzeret (assembly) for you” (Pinchas 29:35) The Holy One, blessed is He, said to Israel: “[On the day of Shemini Atzeret] I and you shall rejoice together.” When Israel heard this, they exalted the Holy O...
The second day of Shemini Atzeres is known as Simchas Torah, “Rejoicing with the Torah.” The Rama explainsOrach Chayim, conclusion of ch. 669. See also Tur, ibid. that this day is so named “because it is a time when we rejoice and feast in honor of the co...
We study Torah with our heads. We celebrate it with our feet. At our feet, we're all the same.
All Jews, learned and unsophisticated alike, share equally in the Simchas Torah celebrations. For these celebrations tap a point in the soul which defies the entire concept of rank and gradation. Every Jew has a soul which is an essential G-dly spark. By ...
Benny clutched his little Torah scroll in one hand and held onto his father with the other. It was Simchas Torah, and they were on the way to shul. “Daddy, I won’t have to use a Chumash today to follow the Torah reading,” he said. “I can follow Parshas V’...
R. Yosef was a man of fortitude and courage who found great pleasure in acting upon his convictions, perhaps especially when it was difficult . . .
Our hearts soared with the rhythm of the Chassidic tunes, and our joy knew no bounds.
Then, suddenly, he whistled sharply and called out, “Tzon kedoshim!” and we all shouted out, “Meh . . . meh . . .”
Everyone Has a Right to Rejoice On Simchat Torah we conclude the annual cycle of reading the Torah in public and start anew from Bereishit. This milestone is celebrated with much joy and festivity, and all Jews, men and women, young and old, learned and i...
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