This past Sunday we learned some more about Sukkot, which ended on Monday, and Simchat Torah, which started Monday night and is celebrated through Tuesday (until about an hour after sundown). Simchat Torah means Rejoicing in the Torah. It is the holiday the celebrates finishing the annual cycle of reading the entire Torah (aka, the Five Books of Moses), and beginning the cycle again. There is a beauty in the idea that there is always something new to learn when studying the Torah.
HOMEWORK: If your son/daughter has not yet read the chapters in the holiday book about Rosh HaShana, Yom Kippur, Sukkot and/or Simchat Torah, please read these chapters with them. We will be playing some games this coming Sunday (in teams) based on these holidays.
COMING UP: We will start learning more about the Torah this coming Sunday, beginning with the Beginning – i.e., the Torah portion (aka, parsha) that will be read in synagogue this coming Shabbat is the first portion in the Torah – the story of Creation. This will lead into our study of Shabbat.