The Joy of Torah

Tonight at sundown begins the Jewish festival of Simchat Torah – literally “the Joy of Torah” – during which we celebrate the annual reading of the Five Books of Moses. In Israel, Simchat Torah was celebrated today in conjunction with the holiday of Shmini Atzeret. Outside of Israel, these holidays are on separate days.

Over the course of the year, we read portions of the Torah – called parashayot – each week so that the entire scroll is eventually completed. Tonight, we’ll read the end of Deuteronomy and the beginning of Genesis. Our little synagogue will be filled with singing and dancing. Children (mine included) will eat too much candy. And we’ll carry the Torah scrolls around the sanctuary in a series of seven hakafot (circuits).

Unlike the holiday of Shavuot on which we commemorate God’s giving of the Torah at Sinai, Simchat Torah celebrates what we’ve done with the gift we were given. Like anything else in life – a great singing voice, artistic or athletic abilities, or extraordinary intellect – the gift of God’s Word means only so much as what human beings do with it. God didn’t give us the Torah so that it could sit in a box. He gave it to us to learn and to act.

Tonight, we’ll conclude Deuteronomy and celebrate that we have made good use of God’s gift. And then we’ll start Genesis and celebrate our intention to keep learning and acting.


Author: Stand For Israel | October 8, 2012
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  • Peter
    October 11, 2012
    10:33 pm
     

    I enjoy the study of the jewish people and their love for god. i get a bibal syudy 6 days a week from a Rabbi which enjoy very much. Thank you!!!! in CHRIST name, chickpete.

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  • wayne
    October 11, 2012
    6:21 pm
     

    Meditating on and reading the TORAH only reinforces the fact that ISRAEL and the JEWISH people are GOD’S, and are established forever through the covenant made with ABRAHAM and his descendents.ISRAEL and JERUSALEM are established forever! Praise GOD.

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  • kay
    October 11, 2012
    8:07 am
     

    I also am probably Jewish with my mother side and perhaps fathers. God Be With You!!

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  • Cheryl
    October 9, 2012
    1:38 pm
     

    To honor God is a good thing, I have never experienced the joy of Torah but I know celebrating, reading the word of God and praising him is truely wonderful, so may your celebration be blessed.

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  • Myrna
    October 9, 2012
    1:16 pm
     

    I consider this information a blessing.

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  • Gloria
    October 9, 2012
    12:48 pm
     

    I have a deep love for Israel and its people…my family believe we could be Jewish…our family name is Rose….we too read the parashayot on Sabbath..this posting was precious…may Hashem Bless you

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  • linda
    October 9, 2012
    9:27 am
     

    All GOD’S “WORD” should be read, And especially when GOD speaks through “HIS” prophets about the Savior. GOD bless Israel always!!!

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  • Theta
    October 9, 2012
    9:22 am
     

    Standing with Israel, daily!

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