Simchat Torah

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 shall thoroughly rejoice” (Deut. 16:15), a curious dialectic between celebration and solemnity nevertheless exists. This …

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Rabbanit Sally Mayer

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 add that the eighth day will be “atzeret,” literally “stopping” or “gathering,” to be celebrated …

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Yachad showing secular kids a torah scroll for the first time

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

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 never-ending frenzied dance, sweat pouring off their faces. What gets them going? Why are they …

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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 necessarily that which meets the eye; indeed, often times things and people are not what …

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“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 and a great awesomeness before the eyes of all Israel. –Deuteronomy 34:10, 12 All of …

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