The Torah commands us to by joyful on our festivals (Deut. 16:14), which often comes easy for us on festive holidays such as Shabbat, Purim, and especially Simchat Torah – the holiday commemorating the start of our Torah-reading cycle, which we celebrate by singing, dancing, and carrying our Torah scrolls.
This makes sense. We’ve made it through the new year, cleansed ourselves of last year’s missteps, dwelled in our sukkot, and are now ready to start this year’s Torah cycle. We have lots to celebrate!
And yet, every day the world around us proves to us that we also have lots to mourn... Read More