Monday, October 16, 2017

Simchat Torah October 13th 2017

Simchat Torah this year began on the evening of October 12th and ended the evening of October 13th.  Simchat Torah is considered by some to be the happiest festival of the Jewish year. It celebrates the starting over of the public Torah readings: a beginning anew. Some Jewish communities even have a practice of dancing with the Torah on this festival.

As my husband is Jewish, I was able to attend Shabbat service Friday evening and hear from the Rabbi how the Torah portion for the week would be Genesis and include the Story of Adam and Eve.

As October 13th this year was also the 100th anniversary of the last apparition of Fatima my mind was rolling over the interesting significance. Indeed the starting over, the reading of the story of creation...all to begin on October 13th 2017.  I leave this coincidence to your discernment.

One interesting comment from the Rabbi has remained with me. He said the first mention of something being Holy in the Torah refers to time.  In this he connected time to Shabbat and the Sabbath. Saying that we are not human doers but human beings. As such, we should find the time to rest especially on the Sabbath.  An interesting thing to contemplate. How do we spend our Sabbath?  How do we make it Holy?

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