Tradition Today: Rejoicing in the Torah

06.10.2012                      20.Tischrei. 5773                      Chol Hamo'ed 4

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Tradition Today: Rejoicing in the Torah

If we can spread Torah knowledge to greater numbers among our people, we can rejoice on Simhat Torah.

What is the difference between Shavuot and Simhat Torah? Both are occasions for celebrating the Torah.
Oddly enough, as celebrated today both are post-biblical creations, for while Shavuot is mentioned in the Torah and Simhat Torah is part of Shmini Atzeret, which is also commanded in the Torah, neither one is connected there to the Torah. It was Rabbinic Judaism that contended that the revelation at Sinai took place on Shavuot and that Shmini Atzeret would be the time for finishing and commencing again the annual reading of the Torah….