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Simchas Torah

Posted on October 20, 2008. Filed under: Advice, Happiness, happy 5769, happy New Year, Happy New Year 5769, Interesting, Jewish Customs, Jewish New Year, Jewish traditions, Shana Tova, Shmini Atzeres, Shmini Azteret, Simchas Torah, Simchat Torah, Sukkos | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , |


Simchas Torah marks the day we complete the reading of the Torah in its annual cycle.

On the evening of Simchas Torah (and in many communities, on the previous evening of Shmini Atzeres, as well which this year fall on October 20th & October 21st at night at your local Chabad-House) we make Hakafos (circuits) around the table upon which the Torah is read, dancing and rejoicing with the Torah scrolls.

During morning on Simchas Torah, we complete the reading of the Torah by reading the last Torah portion.

Then, we immediately start reading the Torah from the beginning again – remembering that the Torah is an endless source of wisdom, each cycle challenging us to discover its ever deeper meaning.

The Lubavitcher Rebbe says: “On Simchat Torah, the Torah wants to dance, but lacking
the physical limbs with which to do so, it employs the body of the Jew. On this
day, the Jew becomes the dancing feet of the Torah.

In the words of the Chassidic saying, “On Simchat Torah, we rejoice in the Torah, and the Torah rejoices in us; the Torah, too, wants to dance, so we become the Torah’s dancing feet.”

During today’s Torah reading, everyone, including children under the age of Bar Mitzvah, is called up to the Torah; thus the reading is read numerous times, and each aliyah is given collectively to many individuals, so that everyone should recite the blessing over the Torah on this day.

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By the way, You, too, can help hasten the coming of Moshiach by doing ONE more Mitzvah.

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