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Yom Rishon, 15 Elul 5775

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Simchat Torah 5771


What is Simchat Torah?

Simchat Torah means "Rejoicing in the Torah".  This holiday marks the completion of the annual cycle of weekly Torah readings.  Each week in synagogue we publicly read a few chapters from the Torah, starting with Genesis, chapter 1, and working our way to Deuteronomy 34.  On Simchat Torah, we read the last Torah portion, then proceed immediately to the first chapter of Genesis, reminding us that the Torah is a circle and never ends. This completion of the readings is a time of great celebration.  There are processions around the synagogue carrying Torah scrolls with lots of high-spirited singing and dancing.  Consecration ceremonies marking the beginning of a child's Jewish education are also held at this time.