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We have made it this far, and it’s time to celebrate! Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah immediately follow the seven-day festival of Sukkot. Simchat Torah is a festive celebration of our love of Torah, and a beautiful way to cap the High Holy Days and end on a note of joy. 

WHAT TO EXPECT

An intergenerational evening of merrymaking, with enticing noshes. Simchat Torah is celebrated by taking the Torah scrolls out of the ark, unrolling one in its entirety, and spending the evening dancing, singing, and rejoicing. There will be a blessing for the children and anyone who wishes has the opportunity to touch the Torah scroll. Dress festively, bring your dancing shoes, and welcome this new cycle with community. 

 

IMPORTANT RITUALS

The Simcha (Celebration):  Simchat Torah is celebrated by taking the Torah scrolls out of the ark for an evening of celebration. The scrolls are carried around the sanctuary in seven circles called hakafot. Although only seven circles are required, the celebration usually continues into the night, as well it should! 

Yizkor: Yizkor (“Remember”) is a mourning service that is recited four times each year for us to remember those who we have lost. Two of these Yizkor services occur during the High Holy Days: one during Yom Kippur and the other on the eighth day of Sukkot (Shemini Atzeret). 

 

Thu, July 18 2024 12 Tammuz 5784