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Simchat Torah

Cluster of balloons with frowning faces and one with a smiley face

With every seemingly worse piece of bad news littering our social media feeds and our news cycles and in the streets right before our very eyes, it’s fair to wonder: What if we simply can’t be happy, even when we’re commanded to? What if you just don’t feel like dancing?

Chris Harrison
A mans hands dropping a ballet into a ballot box with a Canadian flag in front

This year, Canada’s federal election will take place on October 21, at the same time as the holidays of Sh’mini

Dara Lithwick
Young woman chanting Torah

In this week’s Torah portion, B'reishit, we are introduced to “text painting,” a basic method of trope that uses melody directly connected to the meaning of the words.

Cantor David Reinwald
Overlapping pads of Post-It notes with a handwritten question mark on the top page of each pad

Questions are the lifeblood of learning and there is no better time to ask them then now.

Rabbi Stephen Lewis Fuchs
Man using a yad to read from an unfurled Torah scroll on a table as members look on

On Simchat Torah, I watch as the Torah scroll is carefully unfurled onto a series of long connected tables – the text so much more than designs scattered on parchment.

Rabbi Linda Joseph
Closeup of a hand holder a sparkler at twilight

On Simchat Torah, as we read the final portion of the Torah and immediately beginning again, what can the blessings to the Israelites teach us about our world today?

Sofi Hersher
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, 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


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