The Simhat Torah Evening Service

A time to dance with the Torah.

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After the seven hakafot, all of the Torah scrolls are returned to the Ark except for one. Custom varies about what is read on the night of Simchat Torah. In some places any portion that the scroll happens to be rolled to is read. The more traditional prevailing custom is to read Vezot HaBeracha (Deuteronomy 33), allowing three aliyot. Then the Torah is returned and the service is concluded.

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Rabbi Ronald H. Isaacs

Rabbi Ronald H. Isaacs is the spiritual leader of Temple Sholom in Bridgewater, New Jersey. He has served as the publications committee chairperson of the Rabbinical Assembly.