What is Simchat Torah?
( October 11-13, 2017 | September 30-October 2, 2018 )

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What Is Shemini Atzeret, Anyway?

We ask the experts about the High Holiday season’s least-understood festival

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Finding the Magic in Shemini Atzeret

For the witches at Jewitch Camp, observing the holiday means combining Jewish prayers with neo-pagan rituals

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The End

Finishing the Torah cycle, like finishing a scary children’s book, provides a much-needed sense of accomplishment

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How Did Simchat Torah Get So Popular?

The festive holiday now overshadows Shemini Atzeret, which has biblical roots

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A Simchat Torah Story From 1663 London

Samuel Pepys’ account of stumbling upon a lively synagogue service

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A Look Back at a Soviet Simchat Torah

An unlikely celebration from Moscow–40 years ago

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In a Loop

Starting the Torah cycle anew and reckoning with Moses’ unfulfilled desire to reach the promised land