|Simchat Torah ("rejoicing in the Torah"), which follows the
Feast of Tabernacles, celebrates the completion of the yearly cycle of Torah reading in
the synagogue and the beginning anew. The word Torah means "instruction"
or "law". It usually refers to the first five books (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus,
Numbers and Deuteronomy) of the Bible in which the laws given by God to Moses are
On Simchat Torah, grown-ups and children parade around and dance in the sanctuary. Adults carry the Torah scrolls, children wave flags, and everybody sings. This is a communal festival that takes place entirely in the synagogue. The celebration takes place in the evening with parading, dancing, and singing.
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