Yom Chamishi, 5 Elul 5778

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Simchat Torah celebrates our Torah. The holiday's rituals start with our reading the end of the Torah (Hatan Torah, Deuteronomy), and then we start again at the beginning (Hatan Bereshit, Genesis). Our rabbi and congregants complete hakafot (circlings) throughout the Temple with all the congregation's Torah scrolls to demonstrate our love and respect for the Torah. At Temple Israel, the adults unroll the entire Torah scroll and hold it up high, encircling the children and Rabbi Pollack. The Torah is read, then rerolled, and the hakafot processional begins. Children generally take part in the procession, waving holiday or Israeli flags in their hands or carrying miniature Torah scrolls they received at consecration, with some of the very young carried on their parents' shoulders.

Simchat Torah, Hebrew for rejoicing in the Law

in Simchat Torah
Simchat Torah, Hebrew for "rejoicing in the Law", celebrates the completion of the annual reading of the Torah. Simchat Torah is a joyous festival, in which we affirm our view of the Torah as a tree of life and demonstrate a living example of never-ending,…