The Jewish holiday, Simchat Torah was celebrated recently at Temple Judea of Manhasset. This holiday is filled with meaning and significance for Jews around the world.
The very translation of the name, Simchat Torah, means “The Joy of Torah” indicating the joy, reverence and wisdom of this holy text.
This celebration centers on the ceremony of reading the last words of the last book of the Torah, Deuteronomy, and then immediately reading the first words of the first book, Genesis, symbolizing the never-ending nature of the Torah.
The Torah was unscrolled to the first book, Genesis, from the first words, B’Rasheet. “In the beginning—-“ to the last words of Deuteronomy, the fifth and last book of the Torah. Rabbi Chizner captured the symbolism perfectly by chanting the last words of Deuteronomy and then Student Cantor Mariel Guarrera-Ashkenazy immediately read the first words of Genesis.
The Rabbi pointed out the Torah’s beauty and complexity and he answered questions from the assembled congregants. The evening concluded with each person taking home some sweets, reminding us that our greatest sweetness in life is learning.
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