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Simchat Torah

    Simchat Torah or the rejoicing of the Torah is a one day festival at the end, on the eighth day of Sukkot. This festival is part of Sukkot because Jews still use the Sukkah but they do not shake the lulav.

    This day comes just before the reading from the very beginning of the Torah again which will be read bit by bit over the year. On this day a passage is read from the very end of the Torah then a passage is read from the very beginning. This is done to show that the Torah never stops.

    All the Torah scrolls are taken form all the synagogues and paraded around the synagogue, usually even times and may even be taken out into the world as well. People dance and sing and everybody is full of life. Simchat Torah means "rejoicing in the Torah".

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