Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah celebrates the end and the beginning of the annual Torah reading cycle. The Torah is the primary Jewish sacred text—the Five Books of Moses—and is read from a scroll over the course of the year. On Simchat Torah, the last few verses of Deuteronomy are read consecutively with the first chapter of Genesis. It is a powerful moment to chant the story of the death of Moses immediately followed by hearing the story of Creation. A typical Simchat Torah celebration in a synagogue includes singing, dancing, and parading with the Torah scrolls, as well as a chance for anyone present to see the Torah up close. The Torah is referred to as a Tree of Life, giving sustenance, connection, and meaning to anyone who comes into relationship with its teachings.

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