Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Interfaith Days: Simchat Torah

In Judaism, today is Simchat Torah, "Rejoicing in the Torah," which marks the completion of the annual cycle of weekly Torah readings. On this day, the last Torah portion from Deuteronomy 34 is read and then immediately the reading from Genesis 1, so that Torah reading is a circle. It is a day of celebration, drinking, procession around the synagogue, shared aliyah (receiving a blessing over Torah reading, and as many people as possible carry a Torah in the procession. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Simchat_Torah

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