Dancing! Singing! Epic Torah readings! Simchat Torah is time of mystical, transcendent fun. Uncover the deepest meanings of Simchat Torah and Shemini Atzeret.
The joy of Sukkot reaches its peak during its final day — Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. At the conclusion of the Torah reading cycle, we dance with the Torah during Hakafot. These autumn festivals are a celebration of reuniting with the Creator and transcending our personal boundaries. During Simchat Torah, dancing is a form of repentance — we return to our purest selves through uninhibited joy. Discover the mystical, Kabbalistic meaning of Simchat Torah in the Meaningful Life Center’s Simchat Torah archives. Whether you are a seasoned scholar or are new to learning Torah, we offer insights and stories that will lift your spirit and prepare you for the Simchat Torah of your life!
Dance manifests our natural internal movement. When we freeze up, we muzzle and shackle our inner spirit. When we break out into an unbridled dance, with our hands waving free and our bodies unchained, our inherent inner rhythm is liberated and comes gushing forth.Read More
“And you shall take for yourselves… the splendid fruit of a tree, fronds of dates, the branch of a thick-leafed tree and aravot of the river.” King Solomon, the Midrash tells us, was mystified by this verse.Read More
Sukkot is followed by a day in which our joy reaches its peak and the holiday that preceded this day is internalized.Read More
As we enter the climax of the High Holiday season we are challenged to ask ourselves: What do we stand for, what do we fight for? Movingly discussed here…Read More