Last night was the beginning of the jewish holiday “Simchat Torah”,
which means “Rejoicing of the Torah”. This is a celebration of the
Torah, which is the sacred books of Judaism, specifically the 5 books of
Moses in the old testament of the Bible.
It is one of the most fun holidays. After some initial prayers, the
congregation take turns carrying the Torah on a procession around the
sanctuary, reciting a diffent prayer at the beginning of each of the 7
processions (or hakafah) then singing and dancing, each time to a
different song and dance. It was wonderful! The local klezmer band “The
Raymond Street Klezmer Band” provided the instrumentals. They are always
fun to listen to.
Alas, it was a school night and we had to leave a little early, but it
was great fun.