There is a hakafahPlural of "hakafah." The hakafah is the procession made with the Torah before the Torah service. The term "hakafot" is the plural and also generally refers to the seven circuits made with the Torah on Simchat Torah. for periphery dwellers.
Those of us who did not dwell in sukkahLit. hut or booth A temporary hut constructed outdoors for use during Sukkot, the autumn harvest festival. Many Jews observe the mitzvah of living in the Sukkah for the week of Sukkot, including taking their meals and sleeping in the Sukkah. and cannot dwell in circle or song.
Though our longing is as real as mourning.
And the weight of pulled back tears as restrained as our hardened hearts.
We are part of a hidden community.
Made real by the truth of our experience, the richness of our vulnerability and the TorahThe Five Books of Moses, and the foundation of all of Jewish life and lore. The Torah is considered the heart and soul of the Jewish people, and study of the Torah is a high mitzvah. The Torah itself a scroll that is hand lettered on parchment, elaborately dressed and decorated, and stored in a decorative ark. It is chanted aloud on Mondays, Thursdays, and Shabbat, according to a yearly cycle. Sometimes "Torah" is used as a colloquial term for Jewish learning and narrative in general. scroll of our living.
Yes, our strength is our People’s.
And our fringe does expand the Jewish circle, to lead us and all those on its outside,