Torah cannot be Torah without us; it needs us. Therefore, we must read it, we must study it, we must discuss it and debate it. We must carry it. We must dance among its verses, discovering ourselves in its chapters.
– Rabbi Steven Moskowitz, Congregation L’Dor V’Dor, Oyster Bay, NY
Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah mark the end of the High Holy Days when we may simply acknowledge our fervent prayers and our relationship with God. The message that Simchat Torah conveys is how important Torah is in our Jewish lives, as a source of Jewish identity and the gift we received from God.
There is an enduring tradition on Simchat Torah. We take the Torah scrolls out of the ark to celebrate with much joy the completion and new beginning of the annual Torah reading cycle. In this time of celebration, we can rejoice that this CRS family is still together, still able to share our High Holy Days in impassioned prayer and reflection. May this notion serve to fortify our souls and strengthen our resolve to go from strength to strength.