Off Topic — Happy Simchat Torah


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!

With blessings,

Carol and family 



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7 thoughts on “Off Topic — Happy Simchat Torah

  1. Lynz Real Cooking October 4, 2015 at 6:22 PM Reply

    Carol, thanks so much for sharing this with us!!!

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  2. Osyth October 4, 2015 at 8:07 PM Reply

    The spiritual should not always be mundane and dutiful and Simchat Torah is am exemplar of the joy of celebrating the spiritual as well as living by spiritual rules. Happy Holiday to you all 😀

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