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  • Sukkot, Simchat Torah and the cycle of life

    NEWTON, Mass., Oct. 16 (JTA) – As we move out of the High Holiday season, we move into another series of holidays that is at once both cyclical and linear. At the beginning of the New Jewish Year we celebrate Sukkot, thereby completing the third in a series of pilgrimage festivals. Sukkot marks the final… More ▸

  • Simchat Torah Feature: Make Torah Study a Regular Family Habit

    Experts say it takes 21 days to make a habit. Do something — run, write in a journal, make a to-do list — repeatedly and consistently every day for three weeks and that action will become yours. We are what we repeatedly do, Aristotle taught us. Speak of Torah to your children in your home… More ▸

  • 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 ▸