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Simchat Torah: (lit., "the Rejoicing of the Torah''); festival immediately following Sukkot, on which the public reading of the Torah is annually concluded and recommenced; observed with great joy, singing and the Hakafot procession with the Torah scrolls
Discover the mystical dimension of this most joyous day.
The straight-forward meaning of the words ‘Simchat Torah’ is ‘the joy of the Torah’. But surely the point is our joy with Torah, not the Torah’s joy?! This class explores the essence of Simchat Torah and why it is the culmination of the holidays that forg...
Five Levels of Understanding
The holiday of Sukkot culminates with the days of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah, where we celebrate the completion of the Torah. Learn five levels of meaning behind this most joyous day.
Letters and numbers of Simchat Torah
Before the Torah was given, it existed as “black fire written upon white fire.” This is alluded to by the unusual term “eish-dat,” which is written as one word but read as two.
On Simchat Torah we complete the yearly cycle of Torah readings, and celebrate by dancing with the Torah.
A message of love following seven months of isolation.
Joy is synonymous with the holidays of Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret. But why? What triggers this jubilation?
We all struggle with our egos, our need for attention. To “make it” we try to stand out and be significant. Paradoxically, we experience tremendous joy and holiness when we can unite with our brothers and sisters. There are special times and ways of celeb...
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