Celebrating in a variety of ways

The crisis in Atlanta after the lynching of Leo Frank in August 1915 might have deterred the Jews there from holding Simhat Torah services with lively singing and dancing.

By DAVID GEFFEN
October 1, 2017 19:14
Rabbi Stuart Geller at a ‘lebedik’ Simhat Torah celebration with his Long Island congregation

Rabbi Stuart Geller at a ‘lebedik’ Simhat Torah celebration with his Long Island congregation.. (photo credit: PR)

 
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On Simhat Torah in our eternal city, we dance with great joy. We sing with real fervor. Here in Jerusalem, we have been blessed to complete the reading of the Torah and then start it again. So that every Israeli can participate, there are the Hakafot Shniyot held across the country on the night after the actual Simhat Torah.

We have always sought ways to infuse this final fall holiday with a meaning all its own. Being an American by birth, it has been important to me to search resources to find out how my forebears there observed the holiday in the traditional manner and also developed spiritual innovative ways to add meaning to the holiday.

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