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Another angle, given in various places in Chassidus, and developed further in one of the Lubavitcher Rebbe's talks (Likkutei Sichos, vol. 14, pp. 156ff - English adaptation on chabad.org) is that Simchas Torah specifically commemorates the giving of the second Tablets on Yom Kippur, and so we celebrate it at the end of that season of holidays. In this talk, ...


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My local orthodox rabbi told us that on Simchas Torah, Korach jumps and yells "Moshe emes v'Toraso emes" in admission that he was wrong to rebel against Moshe Rabbeinu. In celebration of Korach's defeat, our rabbi jumps during the dancing in imitation of Korach on the words "Moshe emes v'Toraso emes". My conjecture is that throwing children is a natural ...


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My Simanim Tikkun does have seven aliyot marked in V'zot Habracha (the sixth starting at "Meona", and the seventh at "Vaya'al Moshe"), but perhaps this is because it is the Israeli version of the tikkun. All other tikkunim I've seen (in Israel) have seven aliyot as well. The custom I've seen, when Simchat Torah falls on shabbat, is to indeed add an extra ...


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Nitey Gavriel (Rosh Hashana pg. 153) brings the custom to have white paroches etc until after Yom Kippur. In Nitey Gavriel (Sukkos pg. 362) he brings the Maharil, Sharey Efrayim and Minhagei Amsterdam who say to put up white paroches etc. on Hashana Rabba - implying that they had already been changed back from Rosh Hashana. However he writes (without citing ...


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From Nitei Gavriel Succos 94:11:14 it seems to be a more recent Minhag. כתר שם טוב ח״ז עמוד רי׳׳ט, שנעשה להרבות שמחה ביניהם. וכ״ב בקובץ כרם שלמה גליון תשרי תשמ״ג עמוד ה׳ מהגה״ק רבי משה מראזוודוב זצ״ל, עפ׳׳י סוד טעם למנהגן של ישראל לעשות דגלים שנודע דג׳ רגלים פסח שבועות וסוכות, אינון חסד גבורה תפארת ג׳ דגלי המרכבה, וחג הזה הוא דגל רביעי שבמרכבה, ...


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I know that this is the custom of R. Yitzchok Ezrachi in the Mir Yeshiva in Yerushalayim, but I have no idea whether it was done in the earlier days of the yeshiva. The practice must be at least a century old, considering that it is mentioned in a story written by the maskil D. Y. Silberbusch (see here - published 1905), as well as in a story written by the ...


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I'm not sure the Elya Rabba really has a 'position'. He writes (669:20): פה פראג נוהגים לעלות במוסף, רק בבית הכנסת פנחס נוהגים בשחרית כמ"ש המנהגים [הל' שמיני עצרת]:‏ Here in Prague the custom is to go up at Musaf, except in the Pinchas Synagogue they only go up at Shacharit. He is just observing the custom in the different synagogues in his town. ...


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The Bnei Bavel would finish the Torah every year by dividing the Parshios the way we do now, however the Bnei Eretz Yisroel would only finish it every 3 1/2 years and thus would not even celebrate Simchas Torah on a yearly basis. The Minhag if the Bnei Bavel was to celebrate the completion of the Torah on the 9th day of Yom Tov - on the day of Safeik Yom of ...


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In a sefer called "Toldot Chag Simchat Torah" by Avraham Yaari, He expalins the origins of many Simchat Torah customs. (sorry, can't find a copy online) It seems like he may mention* the custom in the book, but I'm not sure since this blogged timeline of Simchat Torah, made from the book, adds the custom of tying talitot in the late 20th century and the ...


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The Gemara (Shabbos 138b) prohibits wearing a סיאנא (Rashi: a kind of felt hat) that has a brim a tefach or more wide, but says that it's not a problem for a person to let a tefach or more of his tallis protrude in front of his head. R' Shneur Zalman of Liadi (in Orach Chaim 301:48) summarizes the three opinions on the subject. If the material is soft and ...


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I'd always heard that the cabbage is rolled up, just like a Torah scroll.


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It says in the book Rite and Reason that the minhag to eat stuffed cabbage is really on Hoshana Rabbah. And the reason is that in German (or another language?) cabbage is called something like cole (as in cole slaw) and it is cooked in water. And on Hoshana Rabbah we say "Kol Mevaser". Kol is like cabbage (cole) and Mevaser in Yiddish can mean from water ...


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This song was on Pirchei volume 2 - Aleicha Hashem is the tape title. Here is a link where you can request to hear the song. This tape was produced by Rabbi Eli Teitelbaum Zatzal in 5731/1971. The choir director was Eli Lipsker. The soloist on the song was Yechiel Moskovitz. There is no mention of the composer of the songs, and per my e-mail communication ...


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The Baal HaTanya writes in his siddur: מנהג ותיקין הוא לעשות יום שמיני עצרת גם כן כמו בשמחת תורה It is a custom of the ancients(?) to do on Shmini Atzeres like on Simchas on Torah ... And then going on to describe Hakafos. Rabbi Nachum Greenwald notes that the language seems to paraphrase the Mishnas Chassidim, but the Mishnas Chassidim is ...


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Your question is addressed by the Remo in סימן תרסט - סדר יום שמחת תורה, though he doesn't explain the rationale behind it. וְנָהֲגוּ עוֹד לְהַרְבּוֹת הַקְּרוּאִים לַסֵּפֶר תּוֹרָה, וְקוֹרִים פָּרָשָׁה אַחַת הַרְבֵּה פְּעָמִים וְאֵין אִסּוּר בַּדָּבָר (מִנְהָגִים וריב''ש סִימָן פ''ד). ‏ "The custom is to call up lots of people to the Torah [on ...


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As indicated by msh210, it is a common custom on Simchas Torah to turn the Sefer Torah outwards when doing Hagbah after reading V'zos habrachah. Some Ashkenazim do it both by night and by day, some only in the morning, and some not at all.1 As for the reasons:2 Pirkei Avos 5:26: "Turn the Torah over and over for everything is in it." A symbol of turning ...


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I've been to multiple congregations that use Nusach Sfard but aren't particularly Chassidish that do Hakafot both nights.


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Stuffed cabbage is alternatively referred to as holishkes, galooptchy, prakkes in Yiddish. Source: The Book of Jewish Food by Claudia Roden, page 166 Wikipedia contains an extensive listing of stuffed cabbage variations across cultures: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabbage_roll


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The difference essentially is: Simchas Torah is a siyum-celebration of the tzibbur's reading of Torah Shebiksav. Shavuos is a celebration of Hashem giving us the Torah and of the Maamad of Har Sinai, the miracles we experienced as a Tzibbur at Mt. Sinai. The are also connections between the two, so you are probably on to something: They are both ...


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In certain communities (like the Addas Yeshurun in Johannesburg; a Yekkishe minyan) only the Chazzan and those honored to carry the Sifrei Torah walk around the Bima on Simchas Torah. The only others moving around are the kids who are collecting candy in bags or buckets. The rest of the community remains in their seats; singing and handing out candy to the ...


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When Shabbos follows a Yom Tov, the kedusha (holiness) of the Yom Tov "extends" itself into the Shabbos. (Some don't sing Shabbos Zemiros because of this.) So, many make Neilas HaChag by Shalosh Seudos. One should not eat a large meal on Friday close to Shabbos.


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Besides the reasons given in the other answers, the division into aliyos is for purposes of dividing up the study of the chumash (e.g. sh'nayim mika v'echad targum or Chok L'yisrael) into days of the week. I'm not sure how this plays out for "V'zos Hab'racha" specifically (since the "week" is more than seven days), though.


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Simchat Torah does fall on Shabbat in Eretz Yisrael from time to time. ArtScroll does indeed point out 7 aliyot, saying the 6th is added on Shabbat and starts at "Meonah" and the 7th, added on Shabbat, starts at "Vaya'al Moshe". Sephardim make 5 aliyot + Chatan Meonah (which ends just before Vaya'al Moshe) + Chatan Torah (which starts over from the ...


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Yeshivas Chaim Berlin, as litvisha yeshiva on Coney Island Ave. in Brooklyn, does hskafos on Shmini Atzeres at night. They come back to the yeshiva after eating the seudah and the Rosh Yeshiva speaks (gives a maimar) in the sukkah. Afterwards they go inside and dance hakafos. The hakofos usually do no start until 2-3 AM.


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I've heard from my parents (no further source, sorry) it's customary to eat stuffed stuff on Simchas Tora, hence stuffed cabbage. (My mom some years made stuffed duck.) Re name for stuffed cabbage in other Jewish-used languages, yebra is stuffed grapeleaves in (transliterated, of course) Syrian Arabic as spoken by Jews.


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I thought the term was holopches.


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Shaare Efrayim 8:60 and many other works cite the custom to call an esteemed person for this aliya. Perhaps "rabi" is used in the formula because it's typically a rabbi (as indeed it is in my own experience).


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Nitai Gavriel (Hilchos Chag HaSukkos 98:10) brings this custom as existing in several communities. This was permitted because the joy in celebrating the completion of the Torah. The Nitai Gavriel himself says that this should only be done in those communities where this is the established custom. Otherwise, one should be more strict, and if they need to do ...


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Aruch Hashulchan 620:2 says that there are those that dispute that one would have to pray Mincha before Musaf once the time for Mincha arrives. It is especially reasonable that on Yom Kippur that this would be disputed because many say the reason for having to reverse the order has to do with the fact that one may not eat once the time of Mincha arrived ...


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http://thefoundationstone.org/en/holidays/succot/1538-hallelsuccotmodesmovement.html The Hakafot of Simchat Torah are an expression of an enclosed world that is protected by the Torah. The Maharal explains that when you go into your Succah you are leaving one level of existence for another. Once a person has succeeded in leaving his physical world and ...



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