Simchat Torah, Hebrew for “rejoicing in the Law”, celebrates the completion of the annual reading of the Torah. Simchat Torah is a joyous festival, in which we affirm our view of the Torah as a tree of life and demonstrate a living example of never-ending, lifelong study. Torah scrolls are taken from the ark and carried or danced around the synagogue seven times. During the Torah service, the concluding section of Deuteronomy is read, and immediately following, the opening section of Genesis, or B’reishit as it is called in Hebrew, is read.
At NCRT we have a wonderful and special way of celebrating Simchat Torah. Come join us as we unroll our Torah around the perimeter of the sanctuary and hold the scroll aloft as Rabbi Liss gives us an upclose tour of the text.