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Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah, “Rejoicing with the Torah,” is a celebration marking the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and the beginning of a new cycle.

The main celebration of Simchat Torah takes place in the synagogue during evening and morning services. In many Orthodox and Conservative congregations, this is the only time of year on which the Torah scrolls are taken out of the ark and read at night.

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06_Face-of-PrayerFeatured photo from The Face of Prayer, by Abraham Menashe, available from iTunes.