Simchat Torah Celebration

Chabad of Cary

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Monday October 1 2018

A Time to Dance – Simchat Torah at Chabad of Cary

One of the happiest times of the Jewish year is when we celebrate having completed one cycle of reading the Torah and immediately begin again from the beginning.

Bring the kids and get ready for dancing, singing, food, and inspiration! Special candy bags will be giving out to children!

Monday Oct 1

Kids Dancing: 6:30 pm     Deli/Kiddush : 7:15 pm

Evening Service: 7:37 pm      Dancing : 8:00 pm  Farbrengen : 9:00 pm

Tuesday, October 2       Complete Torah Reading: 6:00 pm


Is Simchat Torah important?

Absolutely. That which we accomplish through fasting and Yom Kippur we accomplish through dancing on Simchat Torah! In the words of the 5th Chabad Rebbe “The 48 hours of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah should be highly treasured. Every moment is an opportunity to draw bucket- and barrelfuls of material and spiritual treasures. And this is accomplished through dancing.” So think of the day as the conclusion of the High Holidays…

But why not study the Torah instead?

If we were celebrating Simchat Torah through learning Torah, there would be a big distinction between those more and less knowledgeable in the Torah. But Simchat Torah celebrates our essential connection to Torah, the fact that it is our heritage and bound to our soul. The Torah belongs to the scholar or Rabbi no more than it does to any other Jew. This relationship to Torah is something we all share equally. And when we dance together, the differences between us all fall away.

But dance?

Yes! We want to show how our joy and excitement in life comes from our connection to Torah, something that can never be taken away from us.

Anything else to reflect upon while I dance?

There is a beautiful Chassidic saying that goes like this: “The Torah wants to circle the bimah, and since it cannot do this, a Jew becomes its “feet,” transporting the Torah around the reading table, just as feet transport the head.

In other words, our job is to become the Torah’s feet, transporting its teachings and message into the world around us. And for that, the Torah needs us.

Should I bring the Kids?

Absolutely! This is a wonderful way to show our youth the JOY of Judaism. The evening will begin with a program for young children at 6:30 pm.   We’ll pass out flags, stuffed Torahs, and candy bags and sing together. The children will then have a chance to eat at the Kiddush before things get crowded.  Children are welcome to stay later for the main Hakkafot and dancing but the child-friendly program is a great fit for younger kids.

What is the schedule for Monday Night?

The children's program, as mentioned above, begins at 6:30 pm.  At 7:15pm  all are invited for Deli Kiddush!  We'll then have Maariv (the short evening service) at 7:37pm. Shortly before 8pm the main Hakkafot begin.  We recite a series of verses that declare our connection to Torah, followed by taking out our Torah Scrolls. The dancing then begins!

We’ll have seven themed “Hakafot” (rounds of dancing), each beginning with a quick inspirational message and l’chaim. We’ll have a Hakafa dedicated to Israel, to Torah Study, to our children, and then outdoor dancing…which leads us to the next question:

What happens after the 7 Hakkafot?

The program isn’t over yet! At approximately 9:00 pm we’ll sit around the table for our annual Simchat Torah Fabrengen, an inspirational informal discussion together on our relationship to Torah and ideas for a successful upcoming year of Torah Study. We’ll also have more songs, and reflections from everyone around the table.

Throughout the evening, feel free to come and go at any time!

When do we actually finish the Torah?

Tuesday evening we will meet at 6:00 pm for Torah Reading and afternoon services. Please help us get a minyan for this joyous occasion as we finish the Torah and then begin it once again... The short service will only last about an hour.

When do we read the first Torah Portion?

While we read the first chapter of Bereshis on Simchat Torah, we'll read the entire Parsha on Shabbat.

How can I take part? 

Join us! Even better, bring along a friend.  

Sponsorships of either $100 and $200 are also available and you can dedicate the evening in memory of a loved one or in honor of a special occasion.