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Watch live: 'Hakafot Shniyot' celebrated tonight

Across Israel, Jews take to the streets singing and dancing with Torah scrolls in the customary conclusion to Sukkot and Simhat Torah.

Arutz Sheva staff,

Hakafot shniyot
Hakafot shniyot
Yoni Kempinski

Monday night sees communities across Israel take to the streets singing and dancing with Torah scrolls in the customary conclusion to the Sukkot and Simhat Torah festivals. Since the holiday is over in Israel, the dancing is accompanied by musicians and hassidic bands.

Among the most well attended in Jerusalem are the Hakafot Shniyot in Machon Meir Institute for baalei tshuva and Beit HaRav Kook in the center of town, which was first Israeli Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi Avraham Yitzchak HaCohen Kook's home and where the Merkaz Harav yeshiva was originally founded.

Hakafot Shniyot in the Nof Tzion neighborhood in eastern Jerusalem were attended by city council members and Jerusalem's Chief Rabbi Aryeh Stern as well as Deputy Mayor Chagit Moshe who said that "adults and children dancing with the Torah are the real answer to all those who try to negate our historic right to the city. Jerusalem will continue to grow and flourish."

Jewish communities outside of Israel continue to celebrate the festival for an extra day, as with most other major Jewish festivals.

The Hakafot Shniyot, (second round of dancing) is a repeat of celebrations marking the end and restart of the annual cycle of readings from the Torah.




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