Simchat Torah

Sanctifying Our Relationship with God

From the Inner Circle to the Outer Circle: Sanctifying our Relationship with God Rabbi Dr. Kenneth Brander is President and Rosh HaYeshiva of Ohr Torah Stone We are involved in hakafot – literally forming circles – throughout the festival of

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Simchat Torah 5781

Shabbat Shalom: Simchat Torah By Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel –  “And no human knows of [Moses’] burial place even to this day.“ (Deut. 34:6) Amid the great joy of Shemini Atzeret-Simĥat Torah, emanating from the biblical commandment “and you

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Rabbanit Sally Mayer

Why did Shemini Atzeret Become Simchat Torah?

Why did Shemini Atzeret Become Simchat Torah? Rabbanit Sally Mayer is Rosh Midrasha of the Maria and Joel Finkle Overseas Program at Midreshet Lindenbaum The Torah describes Succot repeatedly as a seven–day holiday (Vayikra 23, Bemidbar 29, Devarim 16). Yet the pesukim

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Yachad showing secular kids a torah scroll for the first time

A Thousand Words – October 1, 2018

Prior to Simchat Torah, Jewish identity coordinators from the OTS Yachad Program brought a Torah scroll to secular Israeli schoolchildren, encouraging them to take ownership of their sources and their heritage.    #HandsOnLearning#YachadMeansTogether#TheTorahSpeaksToEveryone#SimchatTorah#OTSLearningLivingLeading

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“Parsha to the Point” – Simchat Torah 5778

Simchat Torah 5778 Rabbi David Stav  Perhaps one of the Jewish people’s most unique – and bizarre – holidays is Simchat Torah. I often ask myself what possesses both young and old to encircle the bima at the synagogue in a

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“Shabbat Shalom” – Simchat Torah 5778

Shabbat Shalom: Simchat Torah 5778 Rabbi Shlomo Riskin Efrat, Israel – “Remember the teaching of Moses, My servant, the laws and ordinances that I commanded him in Horeb for all Israel.” [Malachi 3:23]. The truest essence of reality is not

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Our Master Teacher

“Our Master Teacher” Excerpted from the Devarim edition of the “Torah Lights” series (Maggid Books) by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin – 14/10/14 “And no prophet will ever arise for Israel like Moses, who knew God face to face…and who operated with a strong hand

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