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Immediately following the seven-day festival of Sukkot comes the two-day festival of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. (In the Land of Israel, the festival is “compacted” in a single day). Simchat Torah is a celebration marking the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and the beginning of a new cycle.
The main celebration of Simchat Torah takes place in the synagogue during evening and morning services. In many Orthodox and Conservative congregations, this is the only time of year on which the Torah scrolls are taken out of the ark and read at night. In the morning, the last parashah of Deuteronomy and the first parashah of Genesis are read in the synagogue. On each occasion, when the ark is opened, all the worshippers leave their seats to dance and sing with all the Torah scrolls in a joyous celebration that often lasts for several hours and more.
The morning service is also uniquely characterized by the calling up of each male member of the congregation for an aliyah, as well as a special aliyah for all the children in attendance.
“On Simchat Torah,” goes the chassidic saying, “we rejoice in the Torah, and the Torah rejoices in us; the Torah, too, wants to dance, so we become the Torah’s dancing feet.”. To learn more about Simchat Torah, click HERE or HERE.
Simchat Torah 2013 at Talia’s Steakhouse & Bar!
Talia’s Steakhouse & Bar, the premier Glatt Kosher restaurant located on the Upper West Side of Manhattan, NYC, is offering three pre-paid, prix fixe menu options: $28, $38, or $49. The energy, romantic ambiance, and Glatt Kosher gourmet cuisine at Talia’s Steakhouse & Bar make it the ideal spot to celebrate Simchat Torah. Families and groups are welcome. Talia’s will offer two seatings for dinner: Early bird dinner 5:00pm to 8:00pm (flexible) and dinner 8:00pm to 11:00pm (flexible). The 2013 Simchat Torah menu will be announced soon.
Talia’s Steakhouse & Bar
668 Amsterdam Avenue
(Between 92nd – 93rd Streets)
New York, NY 10025