Simhat Torah

Israel's Netanyahu refuses to be in photos with extremist ally Ben-Gvir

The two politicians attended a Simhat Torah event on Monday night, although Itamar Ben-Gvir was told he could not be on the stage at the same time as Benjamin Netanyahu.

Simhat Torah: Meet the Israeli nonprofits providing 'Torah happiness'

They may be ‘nonprofits,’ but there’s lots of reward in doing good & saving lives. Here are a few of my favorites.

By ARNIE DRAIMAN
17/10/2022

Simhat Torah: Russian-Jewish stories about the holiday - excerpt

Rabbi Jonathan Porath didn’t make countless trips to Russia. He counted them – 175 trips from 1965 through 2019. The following is an excerpt from his book centered primarily on Simhat Torah.

By JONATHAN PORATH
17/10/2022

Simhat Torah: Why Jews should look in the mirror now

This analysis of a midrashic text is obviously not intended as a comment on or opinion about the recent United States Supreme Court decision.

By DANNY SIEGEL
17/10/2022

2 asteroids to pass Earth as Sukkot ends, Simhat Torah begins - NASA

Sukkot, a Jewish holiday associated with happiness and celebration, is about to end, and two asteroids are set to pass by Earth as it does on Hoshana Raba.

16/10/2022

The Torah and the Jewish people have an age-old love affair - opinion

The historian Cecil Roth had a theory that Simhat Torah was modeled on a wedding, and that the festival's customs are derived from Jewish marriage.

Simhat Torah: Fun activities in Israel for the long weekend

Take advantage of the elusive autumn; go on nature tours and take part in festivals and activities for the whole family. 

By MEITAL SHARABI
15/10/2022

Simhat Torah: A lot to celebrate

In the human realm, Torah study waxes and wanes. We are currently living through a renaissance of Torah study and therefore have particular reason to celebrate Simhat Torah.

By MOSHE TARAGIN
15/10/2022

Simhat Torah: How we can talk to God

The Siddur reminds us not just of the things we want, but of the things we should want. Perhaps most importantly, it gives us a reason to connect with God during our busy lives. 

By AHARON E. WEXLER
15/10/2022

Pascale’s Kitchen: Delicacies for festival rejoicing

There are some basic foods that you simply cannot give up on Shabbat: good cake, cholent, a small kiddush (breakfast) and, of course, challah.

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