Immediately following Sukkot comes the holiday of Shemini Atzaret/Simchat Torah.
This is a uniquely spiritual holiday marked by singing, dancing and marching with the Torah.
We throw a party in honor of the fact that we completed and begin anew the annual cycle of Torah readings.
Our lives are like a Sefer Torah. The span of time we are alive is similar to the parchment; our deeds are the words. Each moment our actions determine the style and the content of our personal scroll.
On this holiday, food takes a back seat to the singing and dancing. Children take a bag to synagogue and collect candies and sweets.
My happiest memories as a child were on this holiday. It was a special day where we ran around carrying flags with the whole community. It was so much fun!
Wishing everyone a most joyful holiday!
Carol and family