Simchat Torah  October 20, 2016 - 18 Tishri 5777


D’var Torah (A bit of Torah study from Rabbi Feingold) Simchat Torah  We will celebrate this Sunday night and Monday morning the holiday of Simchat Torah.  A memorable observance because of the 7 hakafot (circuits) with the Torah and reading from the very end of the Torah and then the beginning, this is a holiday enjoyed by young and old.  Reading the very first verses of Genesis upon finishing the last words of Deuteronomy and then reading the first chapter of Joshua after completing the story of the wilderness wanderings and Moses’s death is a very tangible way of demonstrating the continuity of Jewish tradition.  The study of Torah never ends; it is renewed continuously.  And the continuity of Jewish life is revived in each generation with new leadership and new adventures.  Simchat Torah is a holiday that provides hope and expectation about great things in store in Jewish study and the ongoing Jewish narrative. Chag Samei’ach!

May FOOD OF THE MONTH: canned or dried beans

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