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Why Simchat Torah Is a Holiday of the Heart

On Simchat Torah, the Jewish holiday marking the end of Sukkot and literally called the Rejoicing of the Torah, the holiday when we dance with the Torah, when we complete the annual cycle of Torah reading and begin again, our inhibitions could all fall by the wayside, writes Jordana Horn.


"You could dance until you were out of breath, sing at the top of your lungs, and be part of many, many people doing the same thing," she writes. "It was that unmitigated enthusiasm with which I fell in love, and that was what gave Simchat Torah a special place on my personal calendar."


As a mother, Horn experiences Simchat Torah differently for now.


"Three of my kids are 3 and under; instead of being fraught with romantic tension, this holiday has become one of just plain old tension," writes Horn. If she's not worried about her children getting trampled in the exuberant dancing, she's busy holding them – and that's "basically the equivalent of carrying a Torah and a half for a few hours," she writes.


Well, except that Torah scrolls typically don't whine or poop in their pants.


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