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Simchat Torah

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Credit: Yaakov (DryBones) Kirschen.
Credit: Yaakov (DryBones) Kirschen.

One aspect of this “Joy in the Torah” holiday is the tradition of dancing while holding the Torah. 

In Chabad Chassidic thought, dancing with the Torah allows the Jew to symbolically act as the Torah’s “feet.” For hasn’t it been our mission to carry the Torah to the farthest corners of our dispersion?

So the dance is either an act of joy or a deep and serious metaphor.

Or maybe both.

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