What is the oldest source for hakafos on Simchas Torah? (Bonus: Why do we do hakafos on Simchas Torah?)


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According to this site, the Machzor Vitry (12th century) was the earliest source to mention hakafos -albeit in the morning, and the Maharam M'Rutenberg (13th century) was the first to record hakafos being done at night.

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