Happy Simchat Torah dear friends around the world :-) Two Celebrations of the Torah

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Two Celebrations of the Torah: Why do we have two holidays for the Torah — Shavuot and Simchat Torah? If the holiday of Shavuot celebrates the receiving of the Torah, why was Simchat Torah — immediately following Sukkot — chosen as the day to end and begin the annual Torah reading cycle? Furthermore, why do we have two holidays for the Torah — Shavuot and Simchat Torah? They are also celebrated so differently. On Shavuot, we stay up all night learning Torah. And on Simchat Torah, we dance. The need for these two holidays has been explained in a parable that has been handed down from generation to generation. Once a king issued a proclamation. Any one of his subjects was welcome to try for the hand of his daughter. On one condition: The potential suitor was not allowed to meet or see his daughter before the marriage. Read more: https://www.aish.com/h/su/saast/48967086.html?s=mpw

 

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