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Beth Gavriel Bukharian Jewish Center

   Beth Gavriel Bukharian Jewish Center

Sukkot /Simchat Torah Schedule 


Minha And Arvit = 6:15 pm

Shaharit Monday the 5th = 8:45 am

Shaharit Tuesday the 6th = 7:45 am 



Dvar Torah - Michael Zerubavel 
(This Dvar Torah is dedicated in memory of Benyamin Ben Mordechai, he sadly passed away in a car accident nearly 9 and a half years ago, it would have been his 34th birthday this week - please do good deeds in his memory. If you would like to dedicate a Dvar Torah please email me!) 
Shemini Atzeret is a festival celebrated on the 22nd day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei. Outside of Israel, an additional day is celebrated, the second day being separately known as Simchat Torah. 
Shemini Atzeret is referred to as the eighth day of the Festival of Sukkot (Rosh Hashana 4b); however this is actually a separate festival. There is no use of the Succah in Israel on Shemini Atzeret and the Lulav and Etrog are not used. However this festival continues the theme of the ‘’Time of Our Happiness’’ just as it is used during the Succot festival (Succah 48a). 
Furthermore, in the Gemarah of ‘Rosh Hashanah,’ it mentions that Shemini Atzeret is a separate holiday unto itself in respect to six specific Halachic (Jewish law) matters, but is considered the eighth day of an eight-day holiday (Rosh Hashana 4b). 
The Jews start to ask for rain during the ‘Geshem’ prayer in this festival, which is recited in a distinctive plaintive melody during the chazan’s repetition of the Musaf prayer. A brief mention of rain continues to be inserted in the Amidah until Pesach. As we are approaching the autumn and winter seasons, we pray for rain to provide blessing for the world and all the nations. This festival is not just a festival praying for the welfare of the Jewish nation, it is for the welfare of all seventy nations! 
The Yizkor (memorial service) is also recited this day in Ashkenazi Synagogues. The book of Kohelet is usually recited on Shemini Atzeret, although this is depending on the area or custom, it may also be read on the first day of Succot. This book was narrated by the wisest of men of all time, King Soloman. 
This festival is very much described in Parshat Emor in the book of Vayikra. The Haftorah read on this festival comes from the first book of Kings, verses 54 – 66 in Chapter 8 (Kings I 8:54-66). This describes the construction of the First Temple in the days of King Solomon. The Torah reading is from Chapters 14 to 16 in the book of Devarim (Devarim 14:22-16:17), which is all in Parshat Re’eh. This reading describes the festivals in the Jewish religion. The Maftir reading is from Parshat Pinchus (Bamidbar 29:35-39). 
The Simchat Torah festivities begin with the evening service (on a second night is outside of Israel). All the synagogue's Torah scrolls are removed from the ark (Aron) and are carried around the sanctuary in a series of seven Hakafot (circuits). Although each circuit needs only to go around one circuit in the synagogue, the dancing and singing with the Torah frequently continues much longer, and may overflow from the synagogue onto the streets. 
In Fact, Simchat Torah, according to the Talmud used to be part of Shmini Atseret (Megillah 31), however the Code of Jewish Law states that Simchat Torah is ancient. 
The morning service of Simchat Torah, like that of other Jewish holidays, includes a special holiday Amidah, the saying of Hallel, and a holiday Mussaf service. When the ark is opened to take out the Torah for the Torah reading, all the scrolls are again removed from the ark and the congregation engages in the seven Hakafot once again. We see from this just how great our Torah and our Religion is! All the Rabbi’s forefront a celebration that we have finished another Torah cycle for the year! Torah is the blueprint of the world and its learning’s and teachings are infinite!! Without the Torah the Jewish people would not exist!! 
After the Hakafot and the dancing, three scrolls of the Torah are read. The last Parshah of the Torah, V'Zot HaBerachah, at the end of the book of Devarim, is read from the first scroll, followed by Parshat Bereishit, which we also read on Shabbat is read from the second scroll. 
It is a special honor to receive the last Aliyah (call up) of the Book of Devarim; the person receiving that aliyah is called the Chatan Torah (the groom of the Torah). In Many congregations they give it to outstanding members of the community. 
After Parshat Bereishit is read, the Maftir, that’s from parshat Pinchas (Bamidbar 29:35-30:1), is read from a third Torah scroll. The passage describes the prescribed sacrifices (Korbanot) performed for the holiday. The Haftorah for Simchat Torah comes from the first chapter of Joshua (Joshua 1:1-18), a chronological continuation from Parshat V’zot Haberacha, the last Parshah in the Torah. The book of Joshua starts the book of Neviim. 
Have a Chag Sameach!!

Sun, 4 October 2015 21 Tishrei 5776