Posts Tagged ‘Simchat Torah’

 

Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah 2017 / ערב שמחת תורה

editor 11 October 2017

By Christians for Israel International.. Shemini Atzeret (שמיני עצרת– “the Eighth [day] of Assembly”) is a Jewish holiday. It is celebrated on the 22nd day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei (first month of calendar). In the Diaspora, an additional day is celebrated, the second day being separately referred to as Simchat Torah. In Israel and Reform Judaism, the holidays of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are combined into a single day and the names are used interchangeably. Shmini Atzeret begins at sundown on Wednesday, 11 October 2017. (more…)

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Serving the Eternal One in the midst of this world

editor 19 January 2017

By Binyomin Jacobs, Chief Rabbi – January 5, 2017.. Very soon, the first book of the Torah, Genesis, will be finished during synagogue services on Shabbat in every synagogue in the world. “Joseph died at the age of a hundred and ten. And after they embalmed him, he was placed in a coffin in Egypt.” Not a happy ending! All the while there’s a rule in the Jewish Tradition that the weekly Torah reading should always end with a positive message or a joyful happening. And so we must conclude that placing Joseph’s body in a coffin is hiding a positive thought. (more…)

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What the First Seven Hebrew Words of the Bible Reveal About Creation

editor 18 November 2016

By Tsivya Fox.. “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1. In honor of Simchat Torah (October 25, 2016), the holiday on which Jews celebrate the yearly completion of reading the entire Bible and begin the cycle again, scholars and laymen alike ask the question, “Why does the Torah begin with, ‘In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth’ (Genesis 1:1) rather than starting with the first Biblical commandment, which arrives much later, the blessing of the new moon?” (more…)

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Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah 2016 / ערב שמחת תורה

editor 22 October 2016

By Christians for Israel International.. Shemini Atzeret (שמיני עצרת – “the Eighth [day] of Assembly”) is a Jewish holiday. It is celebrated on the 22nd day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei (first month of calendar). In the Diaspora, an additional day is celebrated, the second day being separately referred to as Simchat Torah. In Israel and Reform Judaism, the holidays of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are combined into a single day and the names are used interchangeably. Shmini Atzeret begins at sundown on Sun, 23 October 2016. (more…)

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Simchat Torah / ערב שמחת תורה

editor 6 October 2015

By Hebcal.. Simchat Torah or Simḥath Torah (also Simkhes Toreh, Hebrew: שִׂמְחַת תורָה, lit., “Rejoicing with/of the Torah,”) is a celebration marking the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and the beginning of a new cycle. Simchat Torah is a component of the Biblical Jewish holiday of Shemini Atzeret (“Eighth Day of Assembly”), which follows immediately after the festival of Sukkot in the month of Tishrei (mid-September to early October on the Gregorian calendar). Simchat Torah begins at sundown on Mon, 05 October 2015.

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The Torah ends. The Torah begins! The Holiday of Simchat Tora

editor 25 September 2013

By Chabad.org.. Immediately following the seven-day festival of Sukkot comes the festival of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah (September 25-27, 2013) when we conclude – and begin anew – the annual Torah reading cycle. The holiday is marked with unbridled rejoicing, especially during the “hakafot” procession, as we march, sing and dance with the Torah scrolls. (more…)

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Sukkot and Simchat Torah

editor 18 September 2013

From Etty Hazan – Chabad.org.. Dear Friend, a story is told of a rabbi in a distant land who moved to a new home and erected a sukkah, only to have his irate neighbors call the local law enforcement. When a police marshal arrived at the rabbi’s door, the rabbi graciously invited him in for some refreshments. The marshal sat with the rabbi at his humble dining room table and received a lesson on the origins of Sukkot, the mitzvah of building and dwelling in a sukkah, and an abbreviated demonstration of the “Four Kinds.” (more…)

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