Simchat Torah

 

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Sinchat Torah/Shemini Etzeret:

 

In the religious calendar of Eretz Israel Simchat Torah and Shemini Etzeret are celebrated on the same day, the biblically mandated “eighth day of gathering” following the beginning of Sukkot.  Shemini Etzeret celebrates the turning of the seasons while Simchat Torah celebrates the turning of the religious cycle—the completion of the yearly reading of Torah and the return to the beginning.  In our tradition we celebrate this turning with music, dancing, special Torah readings and yes spirits so that we can say “L’chaim” even louder as we dance with our Torah.  Come to our Erev Simchat Torah celebration to mark the end of the intense work of the High Holy Days with song, dance, drink, prayer and joy.