Celebration on Kikar Rabin for Simchat Torah, 2018. .
(photo credit: AVSHALOM SASSONI/ MAARIV)
On Simchat Torah, the Torah scrolls are taken out of the ark. People dance, walk and sing around the scrolls in great joy.
The habit of circling around the Torah scrolls, Hakafot (“circles”), is a memorable event which symbolizes communal cooperation and unity.
Usually celebrated on the eve of Simchat Torah, hakafot
are once again conducted in the morning and on the eve of Shemini Atzeret.
Sukkot celebrations in Jerusalem, September 27, 2018 (Dennis Zinn)
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Second Hakafot take place on the second say Yom Tov of the Diaspora (Simchat Torah in the Diaspora). It is a time when people go into the streets with Torah scrolls and dance once more.
Celebrations took place across Israel, including on Rabin square in Tel Aviv and at the Kotel in Jerusalem.
Second Hakafot at the Kotel (Western Wall) in Jerusalem
Second Hakafot on Rabin Square in Tel Aviv
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