Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah

Some communities celebrate Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah on two separate days; in other communities they are combined. Either way, this grand finale to the fall holiday season comes with a wide array of themes and practices. It culminates with a raucous celebration of Jewish learning and Jewish community, as we dance with the Torah scrolls and read both the end and the beginning of the Torah on the very same day.

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“Evening and morning, ritual and rite, / making order out of chaos”
Sanctity in Time

“Have I authored the stories of my Life?”

My Body is a Torah Scroll

“Bejeweled crown removed / yet never cast aside.”

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Now that there is to be rejoicing / Torah speaks to that
In One Breath
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A meditation for those who do not read Hebrew but wish to learn Torah

In Each Word a Generation

“Torah’s ink has seeped through my fingers”

Kohelet’s Lament

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