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Questions tagged [simchat-torah]

Questions regarding the celebration on the last day of Shemini Atzeret, when the annual Torah reading cycle is completed and restarted.

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Can women in niddah dance and hold a sefer Torah on Simkhat Torah?

Is there any opinion that allows women in niddah to dance holding the sefer Torah on Simkhat Torah?
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Are there any opinions that the “extra” aliyos on Simchas Torah are a separate reading, rather than an extension of the first five aliyos?

There is a common minhag to read the Simchas Torah reading repeatedly in order that all men get an aliyah, as opposed to the usual five prescribed for Yom Tov (Rema OC 282:1-2). After mulling over ...
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Origins of Hakafoth on Simchas Torah

When did this minhag begin? Where? and with who, and why is it almost all of Klal Yisroel who do it today? Is there any other "kabbalistic" minhag like this (well L'cha Dodi comes to mind).
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Reason for removal of a Mechitza on Simchas Torah

On Simchas Torah during the dancing, in some shuls the partition in the shul is removed so that the woman can watch the men dancing. By opening the partition we are giving the יצר הרע full access to ...
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Why do we change the Haftarah for Simchas Torah?

Megillah 31a says the following regarding the Simchas Torah reading: למחר קורין וזאת הברכה ומפטירין (מלכים א ח, כב) ויעמד שלמה On the next day [after Shmini Atzeres] we read Vezos HaBeracha, ...
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Why not include the second Sefer Torah for Aliyah #7 when Simchat Torah is on Shabbat in Israel?

This question mentions that in Israel, when Simchat Torah is on Shabbat, Vezot Habracha is divided into 7 aliyot, followed by Chatan Torah and Chatan Breishit. I'm curious as to why they don't make ...
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Yiddish version of “Tov Li Toras Picha”

In various shuls during Hakafos on Simchas Torah, I have heard the well known song "Tov Li Toras Picha" (טוב לי תורת פיך מאלפי זהב וכסף" - תהלים קיט עב") with a chorus in Yiddish. Does anyone know the ...
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What is the earliest reference to Simchas Torah as being the day to finish the Torah cycle? [duplicate]

The universal practice, it seems, is to delay the final portion of the Torah, beginning with Devarim 33:1, until Simchas Torah. This portion is then read as the Yom Tov reading, along with the ...
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Singing Mashiv Haruach

The Shulchan Aruch and Rama pasken in Orach Chaim Siman 114:9 that if one says Mashiv Haruach (or doesn't say Mashiv Haruach) 90 times (with the surrounding words) we assume he made a Chazaka and will ...
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Why is Birkas Kohanim Modified on Simchas Torah

On the morning of Simchas Torah, in the synagogue I attend, we recite Birkas Kohanim during Shacharis rather than Musaf. I asked around, and was told that because many people make Kiddush before Musaf,...
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Why do we beg on simchas torah when we are supposed to be happy?

I was bothered by the fact that on Simchas Torah, when we are supposed to be happy and rejoice with the Torah, we are busy with prayers like אנא ה' הושיעה נא etc. What place do these prayers, which ...
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Atzeret: Shavuot v.s. Simchat Torah

Both Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah as Shavuot are called 'Atzeret', both are about Matan Torah. In what way are they comparable, and in which way are they different if both celebrate Matan Torah?
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Simchas Torah Song

On Simchas Torah, people sing ישראל ואורייתא וקודשא בריך הוא חד הוא. However, the Zohar (Shemos 73b) says differently: ...,קוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא, אוֹרַיְיתָא, וְיִשְׂרָאֵל. וְכָל חַד If that's ...
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Kriat hatorah simchat torah

Why in many ashkenazi communities is the torah reading of simchat torah read with the melody of the yamim noraim?
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Hagbaha on simchas Torah

After the hakafos on simchas Torah many shuls who have a big congregation will split up and have simultaneous reading groups so everyone in the shul can get an aliyah (which is the custom). My ...
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What is the origin of the “reverse” hagbah? [duplicate]

I have seen in a few shuls people perform a "reverse" hagbah on Simchat Torah. The way this is done is that the person crosses his hands placing his right hand on the left etz chayim ("scroller") and ...
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What are Hakafos Shniyos?

In Israel on motzei Shemini Atzeres/Simchas Torah, many yeshivos, shuls etc. do "Hakafos Shniyos". What do they do exactly? Where does this custom come from and what's the idea behind it?
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Simchas Torah Hakofos participation requirement

Can someone sit during his Shul's hakofos or is there an actual obligation to walk around the bimah? Does one have to hold the sefer torah? Does one have to say the pesukim in the Siddur that ...
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Burning “pulver” on Simchas Torah?

The Chayei Adam writes that he's seen people burn "pulver" ["poolver"?] on Simchas Torah, and such a practice is totally halachically wrong and should be stopped. They may, however, leave a tube of ...
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Why do we finish reading the Torah on Simchat Torah and not Shavuot? [duplicate]

Why do we finish/restart reading the Torah on the 22nd of Tishrei (Simchat Torah)? Wouldn't it make more sense to align our Torah reading cycle with Shavuot, the anniversary of receiving the Torah?
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Why do Akdamut, Reshuyot on Simchat Torah and Yom Tov kiddush use the same tune?

The tune used for Yom Tov Kiddush throughout the year by most Ashkenazim is almost exactly like the tune used for Akdamut - the Aramaic poem recited in many Nusach Ashkenaz and Nusach Sefard ...
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Evolution of Simchas Torah Night reading

I was in a situation this year, where I was the Torah Reader for the Simchas Torah Day, but wasn't sure if they wanted me for the evening. It's a long walk for me. Anyway I was looking at what is read ...
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Why do we do hosha'nos and hakafos counterclockwise?

I have attended services in a number of different Ashkenazic synagogues on Sukos and Sh'mini Atzeres/Simchas Tora. When going around the bima for hosha'nos on Sukos, and, in most cases, when doing so ...
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Why is dancing allowed on Simchas Torah?

Considering the Gemara: “בבלי ביצה ל:א אין מטפחין ואין מספקין ואין מרקדין” Why are we allowed to dance on Simchas Torah? When and why was this relaxed?
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Why Does the Torah Cycle start/end on Simchat Torah?

If the Torah was given on Shavu'ot, wouldn't it be logical to make that day the time to start the reading cycle (or, at least, line up the yearly cycle so I am up to the narrative of matan torah ...
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Simchas Torah dancing prior to finishing the Torah

To the best of my knowledge, the Minhag by all on Simchas Torah is to first have Hakafos, and then complete the Torah. By a Siyum the general rule is to first complete the Siyum and then to start ...
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Calling the Chatan Torah “רבי”

On Simchat Torah, a special formula is used to call up the Chatan Torah, the person who gets the final aliyah. In this formula, it says "עמוד רבי (פלוני) חתן התורה" a few times. The question: Why do ...
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Simchas torah and drinking

I have seen that is prohibited to daven while drunk (Drinking alcohol during davening). How does chabad justify so much drinking on simchas torah while davening? I have seen shul sanctioned drinking ...
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Why do we throw kids in the air on Simchas Torah?

Why on Simchas Torah do we through our kids into the air when saying, "משה אמת ותורתו אמת"? Is this is a minhag or some nonsense that someone made up?
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How much of the standard תורה service is done on שמחת תורה?

I've seen a number of Simchas Tora customs in Ashkenazic practice and/or prescribed by Ashkenazic prayer books. Specifically, I think I've seen both sides of each of the following dichotomies, ...
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Multiple Olim for a single Aliyah

In the past, I have davened at a Chabad on Simchat Torah. Their custom is to call up multiple individuals per aliyah rather than having multiple kriot. The only other places I have seen this was at ...
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Proper Hagba Procedure: Text Facing Table?

I recently was asked to be a magbiah. Before I came to the bimah, the chazzan turned the scroll so that the text was facing down (toward the table). So, when I grasped the atzey chaim and lifted it, ...
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Why does Chabad do hakafot erev Shemini Atzeret

Growing up, I typically went to a Chabad and I have noticed that they have hakafot on erev Shemini Atzeret (meaning the night of Shemini Atzeret). What is the reason and why do they do this?
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Is there a problem with extra aliyot on Simchat Torah?

Follow up on related question seven-aliyot-for-vzot-habracha: Gemarah Megilllah (Don't recall exact location) says that on Yom Tov falling on a weekday, we should have 5 aliyot and are not allowed to ...
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Should we allow women to dance with a Torah on Simchas Torah? [closed]

Active women in my shul are demanding the right to dance with a Torah on Simchas Torah, behind the mechitza. They are saying that it is not something forbidden, and that it is religiously healthy. ...
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Why is V'Zot Habracha read on Simchat Torah instead of on Shabbat?

I understand that Ezra began the concept of an annual Torah cycle where each Parsha is to be read on a Shabbat (except if coinciding with Yom Tov.) However, V'Zot Habracha was scheduled to be ...
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Did the people who followed the triennial cycle celebrate “Simchat Torah” in the same manner as those who followed the annual cycle?

I noticed this related question that briefly discusses Simchat Torah, but it mainly answers those that follow the annual cycle. People following the annual cycle clebrate Simchat Torah on a Yom Tov (...
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Seeking info on a Simchas Tora song

While dancing on Simchas Tora, people sing a song with the following lyrics (except that I may very well have some of them wrong): אַשְׁרֵינוּ מַה טּוֹב חֶלְקֵנוּ וּמַה נָּעִים גוֹרָלֵנוּ ...
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Author of the song Yom Simcha L'Yisrael

Who is the author of the Simchas Torah song Yom Simcha l'Yisrael?
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When did it come about that Shmini Atzeret became Simchat Torah?

The Torah calls last day of Sukkos Shmini-Atzeres (or techically a separate holiday (PZ"R KS"B)) but at some point in time it became Simchat-Torah (in Israel) or the 2nd day in Chutz L'aretz. When did ...
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Davening mussaf late on Simchas Torah and Yom Kippur

Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 620 says that one should daven Musaf before the seventh hour of the day on Yom Kippur even if it means leaving out Piyutim and Selichos of Shachris. Mishna Berura says to ...
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Minhag of bothering the chazzan on Simchas Torah

I have seen the custom of bothering the chazzan during the musaf service on Simchas Torah. I have seen people tie the chazzan's gartel to a chair, or try to move the chazzan to a diffrent place. I ...
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When do we change back the ark-cover etc from white to the rest-of-the-year colour?

When do we change back the proches (ark-cover) etc from white to the rest-of-the-year colour? I would have thought right after Simchas Torah or possibly Isru Chag?
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Where/when/how/why did flags become part of Simchas Torah celebrations?

Kids today all know that they have flags when dancing on Simchas Torah. How, when, where, and/or why did the flags originate? (Someone decided it was fun, and then it caught on?) What pictures were ...
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“Tzon k'doshim!” ―“Baa!”: source/provenance

In some synagogues, on Simchas Tora, someone will shout "Tzon k'doshim!", meaning "holy sheep/goats", or "Tzon kadashim!", meaning "sheep/goats of sacrificial-offering sanctity". He's replied to with "...
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Use of a commoner's talis to read the Torah on

Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chayim 153:21: אין לקנות מעילים שנשתמש בהם הדיוט לתשמיש קדושה One must not purchase for holy use garments that a commoner used. "Holy use" here includes use as the cloth ...
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Birkat Kohanim in Mussaf on Simchas Torah?

MB 669 seif koton 17 says in the name of the Levush that the custom is that the Kohanim do not bless the people at Mussaf on Simchas Torah because there is a likelihood that the kohanim may be ...
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Why do we have different customs for the second day of Shmini Atzeret in the diaspora?

In the diaspora, where two days of yomim tovim are celebrated, the second day is typically an exact repetition of the first day. We say the same prayers, make a second Seder on Pesach, make kiddush ...
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Seven aliyot for V'zot Habracha?

In the Keter Yerushalayim Tanach (published by Hebrew University), parashat V'zot Habracha is divided into seven aliyot (aliyah 7 being all of chapter 34 of Devarim.) I don't see this in the Stone ...
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tying tzitzis together on Simchas Tora

When I was a child in the 1980s, something the boys in my synagogue did on Simchas Tora was tie one person's talis to another, or sometimes to furniture. (Now that I'm older and in a different ...