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Simchat Torah

Stack of old letters tied with string; sealing wax and seal atop one loose letter

When a close family friend died, an old stack of our letters reminded me how I had been a teacher to him, even as he had been one to me.

Rabbi Steven Moskowitz
Unfurled Torah lying on a blue fabric with a light red fireworks pattern

Each Monday, ReformJudaism.org shares the gift of the guidance of eminent modern-day scholars and leading Jewish thinkers via Reform Voices of Torah.

 

Audrey Merwin
Open Torah scroll with finger pointing to text

As Simchat Torah approaches, I am ambivalent: a new year offers a fresh start, even as we restart the same narrative the Jewish people have read for more than 5700 years.

Joseph Potischman

Every year, in this season of renewal, we are given the extraordinary opportunity to begin again.

Rabbi Lisa Tzur

On Simchat Torah, may Torah’s holy message dance forth from our sanctuary and our hearts.

Rabbi Michael Adam Latz

Tishah B’Av is the start of training season for our own Jewish Olympics – the High Holidays. Sure, they’re not as glamorous, there’s no torch-passing or opening ceremonies, and there are certainly no sponsors. But our Olympics are the test of our strength, the test of our endurance and our ability to overcome obstacles. Our Olympics are once a year, and training starts today.

Rabbi Michael E. Harvey

The truth is Simchat Torah is not my favorite holiday.

There. I said it.

Dr. Madelyn Mishkan Katz

One of the great paradoxes of being an American Reform Jew who chose to make aliyah (move to Israel) is that the whole concept of majority and minority is turned on its head.

Cantor Evan Cohen

I like the symmetry of the concept of return.

Stacey Zisook Robinson

Have you ever seen the same movie more than once? Do you love when it is on the screen, sometimes even quoting lines from that great flick?

Rabbi Alison Kobey

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