Praying for rain at Simhat Torah

08.10.2012                      22.Tischrei. 5773                      Schmini Azaret

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Praying for rain at Simhat Torah

There is a belief, recorded in the Mishna, that the world is judged through water.

Simhat Torah is the time to rejoice and to celebrate the completion of the reading of the Torah. Yet a little known, but important, aspect of the holiday is the fact that throughout the world on Simhat Torah, Jews pray for rain – in Israel on 22 Tishrei and a day later in the Diaspora. After all the joyous processions with the Torah scrolls, after the singing, dancing and merriment, when the scrolls are returned to the Ark, we recite: “Tefillat Geshem”, the Prayer for Rain….