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  • A Holiday Popular in Soviet Times, Simchat Torah Still Draws a Crowd

    During Soviet times, when the Communist regime persecuted people for practicing religion, Simchat Torah was the most popular holiday among Moscow Jews. Thousands of Jews would come to Moscow’s Choral Synagogue to dance, sing and have a shot or two of vodka under the open sky. Former underground Jewish activist Rabbi Zinovy Kogan called the… More ▸

  • 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 ▸