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Chanting My Way Up the Family Tree

How learning to ‘leyn’ Torah helped me connect with long-lost ancestors

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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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The Enduring Romance of Simchat Torah

As a pre-teen in braces, I’d watch older boys dance in celebration. Today, I try to share the joy of the Torah with my own kids.

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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

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