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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.