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News and updates about Simchat Torah

October 7, 2023, a date that is etched in Jewish history

It is 3 months since the Simchat Torah massacre on October 7, a date that will join the days of mourning in Jewish history. Opinion.

October 7, 2023, a date that is etched in Jewish history

Is it permissible to protest against Heaven?

Martyrs' families may ask why their beloved was killed, but the nation as a whole cannot complain about the events of Simchat Torah

Is it permissible to protest against Heaven?

The Nature Party

If a nature party was the way many Israelis felt the holiday of joy in the Torah should be spent, it is a call to those who educate them.

The Nature Party

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Brothers murdered by Hamas, family shattered

Help assist the family of two brothers massacred by Hamas terrorists on Simchat Torah.

Brothers murdered by Hamas, family shattered

The first fruits of Swords of Iron

Three major differences in the world before and after Simchat Torah.

The first fruits of Swords of Iron

Initial thoughts on the massive terror attacks of Simchat Torah

This is not only an Israeli problem, it is a free world problem. Op-ed.

Initial thoughts on the massive terror attacks of Simchat Torah

The Simchat Torah War

Despite the temptation to indulge in depression now and obsessively watch the news – use your good judgment and keep to routine.

The Simchat Torah War

Chag Sameach from Israel National News!

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 Israel National News!

Smotrich to Gantz:

'Let's celebrate together on the streets of Tel Aviv'

Finance Minister announces he will join Rosh Yehudi's Simchat Torah celebrations, calls on Gantz to join.

'Let's celebrate together on the streets of Tel Aviv'

Tel Aviv to allow Simchat Torah celebration - without partition

A court case between the city and the Rosh Yehudi organization has drawn a compromise on the issue of public services.

Tel Aviv to allow Simchat Torah celebration - without partition

Simchat Torah: When the Torah rejoices

The Torah profits from our joy. As we complete the Torah, the Torah is complete. What can we do to be more complete ourselves?

Simchat Torah: When the Torah rejoices

The simcha of Zebulun and of Issachar.

The wonderful Torah supporting partnership of Zebulun and Asher is explored y various Torah Sages as we prepare for Simchat Torah.

The simcha of Zebulun and of Issachar.

The Great Whale, Sukkot and Simchat Torah

The whale of Messiah's time and the water libation are connected.

The Great Whale, Sukkot and Simchat Torah

During Simchat Torah:

General closure in Judea and Samaria, Gaza crossings to close

Following assessment, general closure will be placed on Judea and Samaria and crossings to Gaza Strip will be closed during Simchat Torah.

General closure in Judea and Samaria, Gaza crossings to close

Aln agronomist on the pitom - and a thought for Simchat Torah

The etrog should be kept away from moisture. This is in order to preserve its beauty for the entire duration of Sukkot.

Aln agronomist on the pitom - and a thought for Simchat Torah

Tzohar to TLV Mayor:

'Allow all congregations to hold Hakafot as in the past'

Rabbi David Stav hinted to Mayor Huldai to allow Rosh Yehudi to hold its Hakafot on Simchat Torah in the city.

'Allow all congregations to hold Hakafot as in the past'

Left-wing demonstration outside Netanya synagogue cancelled

Activists announce demonstration outside synagogue during Simchat Torah celebrations will not be held after residents express outrage.

Left-wing demonstration outside Netanya synagogue cancelled

Tel Aviv prayer advocates demand immediate court hearing

The Rosh Yehudi organization has written to a court demanding that the municipality not be allowed to delay a hearing on a public service.

Tel Aviv prayer advocates demand immediate court hearing

Claims of bribery:

Outrage over ministry's plans to distribute sweets in synagogues

A government plan to distribute sweets in synagogues during the upcoming holiday of Simchat Torah has drawn extreme criticism.

Outrage over ministry's plans to distribute sweets in synagogues

Insights for Sukkot

Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah in the profound thought of the UK's late world-renowned Chief Rabbi.

Insights for Sukkot

Synagogue sextons concerned:

Shortage of herring possible on Simchat Torah

Three million herring stuck on the way to Israel, creating concerns among sextons of local synagogues over a possible shortage.

Shortage of herring possible on Simchat Torah

Seminary student suffers anaphylactic reaction on Simchat Torah

Student in Nachlaot neighborhood revived by United Hatzalah EMTs after eating salad containing peanuts on Simchat Torah.

Seminary student suffers anaphylactic reaction on Simchat Torah

A Simchat Torah alphabet

Learn all about the holiday.

A Simchat Torah alphabet

Tishrei's festivals culminate with Ashrei

By reading the two parshiot on Simchat Torah, we allude to the crux of the Shma prayer - that Torah should be inscribed on our hearts. How?

Tishrei's festivals culminate with Ashrei

Insights into Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

Ceremony and celebration for the last part of the Sukkot holiday.

Insights into Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah, the last Festival in Tishrei

Ending the month of beginnings.

Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah, the last Festival in Tishrei

Live: Second Hakafot

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

Live: Second Hakafot

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

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 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 Dubai

The Daily Portion

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: 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 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 for increased 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

Simchat Torah news wrap-up

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 house

Watch: Second Hakafot at Western Wall

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

Watch: Second Hakafot at Western Wall

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 Yeshiva

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.

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

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.

For the first time: Second Hakafot at the Western Wall

Brooklyn: 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

Holocaust survivors, IDF soldiers celebrate second Hakafot

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: 'The 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'

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'

Defiance: 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

The IDF's New Mission: Teaching Immigrant Children 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 Hebrew

Reform Jews Defile Torah Scroll on Simchat Torah in Kfar Yonah

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