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Live: Second Hakafot

'Second Hakafot' of Simchat Torah for Jews from around the world held in Jerusalem, Ramat Gan

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Chag Sameach from Arutz Sheva!

Wishing a joyous a joyous Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah to all our readers. News coverage ends this evening, resumes Saturday evening.

Chag Sameach from Arutz Sheva!

To kiss the Torah, to dance with it, to be one with it

And how do Jews dance?  Not individually but in a line with hands clasped or in a circle – a gathering, a community, a unity.  Together.

To kiss the Torah, to dance with it, to be one with it

Simchat Torah: The rejoicing OF the Torah

Who rejoices on the approaching holiday, the Jewish people or the Torah? Grammatically, it is the Torah. What makes the Torah rejoice, then?

Simchat Torah: The rejoicing OF the Torah

Simchat Torah reading: Calling up the bridegrooms

There is a good reason to celebrate the end of the cycle of Torah readings, but why delay it until a month after the end of the year?

Simchat Torah reading: Calling up the bridegrooms

Haredim to government: Keep us in lockdown, but let the schools reopen

Each haredi group formulates its own method of adjusting to the coronavirus reality.

Haredim to gov't: Keep us in lockdown, but let the schools open

Famous Israeli singer Omar Adam dances with Torah scroll in Dubai

'I'm proud to be an ambassador of music and art in the Emirates, where there's hope for a better world,' singer says.

Famous Israeli singer dances with Torah scroll in Dubaiplayer

Despite everything, we begin anew

We read how Moses blesses the tribes before his death and a few minutes later how G-d created the world. Our story is greater than corona.

Despite everything, we begin anew

Simchat Torah: Celebrating a Torah of fire and water

Moses will die in exile, but he cannot leave his people without blessing them, and he does so poetically, evoking Sinai and Jewish history.

Simchat Torah:  Celebrating a Torah of fire and water

Netanyahu to haredim: Take care of yourselves, no dancing on Simchat Torah

PM delivers message to haredi community ahead of Simchat Torah holiday. 'There is no herd immunity It's a death sentence for thousands.'

Netanyahu to haredim: No dancing on Simchat Torah

Stay with me, just one more day

The feelings God has for us are the same feelings we have for those we love who are ill, whose death is in sight, whose time is short.

Stay with me, just one more day

No kiddush: Instructions for Simchat Torah

Health Ministry issues news guidelines for Simchat Torah, including instructions not to call entire congregation to the Torah.

No kiddush: Instructions for Simchat Torah

Why rejoice at the end and not at the beginning?

Why is the holiday "Simchat Torah" celebrated when we complete the reading of the Torah, and not when we begin the new cycle?

Why rejoice at the end and not at the beginning?

Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah in a nutshell - Family Edition

A new family-oriented holiday series, Ceremony and Celebration, full of resources to engage your family in meaningful Yom Tov interaction.

Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah in a nutshell - Family Edition

Rabbi Yaakov Shapira: The Torah tells us to keep the health guidelines

Head of Merkaz Harav yeshiva says Jewish law requires public to protect their health and the health of others during pandemic.

Rabbi Yaakov Shapira: The Torah tells us to keep the guidelines

Simchat Torah during a pandemic

Now is the time to reflect upon our individual Torah connection and remember the imperative to protect our lives. Op-ed.

Simchat Torah during a pandemic

Tzohar calls on communities to increase vigilance over Simchat Torah holiday

Rabbinical organization warns holiday, which is defined by large gatherings in shul, requires extra caution during COVID-19 crisis.

Tzohar calls for increased vigilance over Simchat Torah holiday

Council of Sages: Prayers only in open space

Shas Movement Council of Sages instruction: 'All prayers should be held in open spaces, and no prayers should be held indoors at all.'

Council of Sages: Prayers only in open space

Simchat Torah news wrap-up

As Jews around the world complete the festival of Simchat Torah, Arutz Sheva presents a recap of the topics and stories making headlines

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Live: Second Hakafot in Rav Kook's house

Simchat Torah celebrations take place at home of first Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi in Jerusalem.

Live: Second Hakafot in Rav Kook's houseplayer

Watch: Second Hakafot at Western Wall

Thousands of people gather at Western Wall following end of Simchat Torah holiday.

Watch: Second Hakafot at Western Wallplayer

Live: End of Simchat Torah celebration at Ponevezh Yeshiva

Leading Yeshiva celebrates completion of yearly Torah cycle, beginning of new cycle.

Live: End of Simchat Torah celebration at Ponevezh Yeshivaplayer

Simchat Torah: Celebrating a Torah of fire and water

Simchat Torah:  Celebrating a Torah of fire and water

Watch: 'Second Hakafot' at Rav Kook's house in Jerusalem

Traditional celebrations following 'Simchat Torah' continue at the house of spiritual luminary Rav Kook, with thousands in attendance.

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Watch: Second Hakafot in a Tel Aviv club

Hundreds dance Second Hakafot at Tel Aviv's iconic Barby Club with musician Yoni Genut and his band. Organizers: Torah belongs to everyone

Watch: Second Hakafot in a Tel Aviv club

For the first time: Second Hakafot at the Western Wall

Thousands attend first ever official celebration of second day of Simchat Torah at the Western Wall.

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Torah scrolls stolen by kippah-clad thief

Four Torah scrolls valued at approximately $240,000 stolen from Brooklyn synagogue during Simchat Torah.

Brooklyn: Torah scrolls stolen by kippah-clad thief

Every Hakafa is a victory over the Nazis

Holocaust survivors, IDF soldiers, and students dance together with Torah scrolls for Simchat Torah in Galilee village.

Holocaust survivors, IDF soldiers celebrate second Hakafot

YU Students Spread Simchat Torah Joy Nationwide

As part of Torah Tours program, nearly 250 students this week connected to Jewish communities throughout US and Canada.

YU Students Spread Simchat Torah Joy Nationwide

Watch: 'Only Way to Redemption is Jewish Unity'

Jews in Queens take part in second set of hakafot, as CHAZAQ head explains that joy of unity is the only way to overcome terror.

Watch: 'The Only Way to Redemption is Jewish Unity'player

Simchat Torah News Highlights

As Simchat Torah ends for Jews in the Diaspora, Arutz Sheva presents the top headlines from the last 48 hours.

Simchat Torah News Highlights

'We Will Return to Northern Samaria'

Three hundred people return to Homesh over Simchat Torah and bring joy back to the ruins of a once-thriving community.

'We Will Return to Northern Samaria'

Thousands Celebrate With the Torah at Terror Sites

Education Minister Naftali Bennett joins thousands in Hakafot dancing celebrations over the Simchat Torah holiday at 'trouble spots.'

Defiance: Thousands Celebrate With the Torah at Terror Sites

IDF's New Mission: Teaching Immigrants Hebrew

Soldiers in uniform gear up for the next operation - in the classroom, where they are helping children integrate into Israel.

The IDF's New Mission: Teaching Immigrant Children Hebrewplayer

Kfar Yonah Reeling from Reformist 'Torah Pogrom'

Photos from Simchat Torah showing Torah scroll completely unwound and 'hugged' by men and women shock Orthodox.

Reform Jews Defile Torah Scroll on Simchat Torah in Kfar Yonah

Group Brings Simchat Torah Joy to South Tel Aviv

A group of about 150 members of the Young Leadership of the Jewish Home party celebrated Simchat Torah in South Tel Aviv.

Activists Bring Simchat Torah Joy to South Tel Aviv

Shavua Tov! Some Stories You Might Have Missed...

After three-day chag, here are some important news highlights since Wednesday night.

Shavua Tov! Some Stories You Might Have Missed...

Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Starts Tonight

Arutz Sheva wishes you a festive end of holiday season, with Shmini Atzeret prayers and lots of Simchat Torah dancing.

Chag Sameach! Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah Starts Tonight

Rabbi Ronski: 'Spirit of Zionism Helped Us'

Rabbi Ronski reminisces about Yom Kippur War: 'We did not dance on Simchat Torah but kept mitzvah of keeping Jews in their land.'

Rabbi Ronski: 'Spirit of Zionism...Helped Us Find Strength'

Rabbis Allow Women's Participation in Simhat Torah

National-religious org. of rabbis and women's leaders encourages synagogues to include women - within the lines of Orthodox norms.

Rabbinic Group Advocates Women's Participation in Simhat Torah