simchat torah

  • Simchat Torah Feature: Illuminating a Timeless Text; New Releases Delve into Torah

    In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth, and all the creatures within them. Before long, some of those inhabitants wrote down the way they understood their beginnings, and soon other people were explaining what the stories really meant. Biblical interpretation was born, and it was good. People have been analyzing the meanings… More ▸

  • Israelis End Up Celebrating Simchat Torah Holiday Twice

    The fact that Israelis celebrated both Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah on Monday left many Jewishly observant tourists here in limbo. While Israelis wound up the holiday season at sundown Monday, it was still “yom tov” Tuesday for tens of thousands of visiting Jews from abroad. According to most Orthodox rabbis, Diaspora Jews on a… More ▸

  • Simchat Torah in Moscow – then and Now

    He remembered their eyes — on Simchat Torah, at the Choral Synagogue on Archipova Street in Moscow, a quarter of a century ago. Elie Weisel had been seared by that experience. I was determined to look into those eyes myself, and, on Saturday night, October 16, 1976, on the beginning of the Jewish festival of… More ▸

  • Is Simchat Torah in the Wrong Season?

    Question: Is the holiday of Simchat Torah (Rejoicing with the Torah) observed in the wrong season? The holy day, which came into being as a holiday in the 11th-12th century C.E., celebrates the Torah (Five Books of Moses) and, by implication, the broader Torah (the total body of instruction which makes up the Jewish tradition)…. More ▸

  • Simchat Torah on Arkhipova Street: Jewish Pride and Dreams of America

    On Simchat Torah, Jews owned Arkhipova Street outside Moscow’s Choral Synagogue, but many in the closely pressed throng of more than 10,000 were ready to sell it for an exit visa to the United States. They came to the synagogue last Saturday night to affirm their identity as Jews, although few inside held siddurim and… More ▸