God upholds the cause of the fatherless and the widow, and befriends the stranger, providing him with food and clothing. You too must befriend the stranger, for you were strangers in the land of Egypt  -(Deuteronomy10:19)

 

Simchat Torah

 

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The second day after Shemini Atzeret is called Simchat Torah ("Rejoicing of the Torah")

 

No longer do we eat in the sukkah. On this day we conclude, and begin anew, the annual Torah reading cycle, an accomplishment that produces unparalleled joy.

 

The focal point of Simchat Torah is the hakafot procession, in which we march, sing and dance with the Torah scrolls around the reading table in the synagogue.

 

The hakafot are done twice, on the night and morning of Simchat Torah, and in some communities, also the night of Shemini Atzeret.

 

Everyone receives an aliyah on Simchat Torah, even the children.
 

 

-music: Sisu Vesimchu
 

             


 

 

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