Simkhat Torah at Temple Beth Zion

October 5, 2015 Brookline 0

Monday, Oct. 5th
10-12:30pm – Shmini Atzeret Morning Service at TBZ (includes Yizkor)
5:30pm-6:30pm – Mishpachot Family Service with Cantor Becky Khitrik and David Winship in the Community Room
6:30pm-9pm – Join in unfurling the Torah and lively Hakafot outside (weather permitting)

Tuesday, Oct. 6th
9am – Contemplative Simkhat Torah Service with Rabbi Ebn Leader in the Sanctuary

Experience the “Hakafot” the way they were envisioned in the mystical tradition as a mystical/meditational practice

As they are most commonly known, the Hakafot of Simkhat Torah are an ongoing dance, an opportunity to celebrate the Jewish people’s relation to Torah. As the hakafot are described in the books of our mystical tradition they are a spiritual practice, leading to the Torah reading.

Rabbi Ebn Leader will lead Hakafot at TBZ again this year, and try to facilitate a process in which the dancing and chanting of Simchat Torah is a preparation for the central element of the ritual, which is the reading of the last words of Devarim and the first words of Bereshit. This leads to a more contemplative service than what most of us usually experience on Simchat Torah.

For each of the seven hakafot one song will be chanted, which we will sing for approximately 10 minutes.
Each one of the hakafot will be dedicated to one step through the symbolic sequence of sefirot from Hesed through Malchut. We will introduce each hakafah with an intention related to the specific sefirah.
Our dancing will consist mainly of walking in a circle, following each other and the Torah.

The schedule of the morning will be:
* 9:00 – 10:00 Shacharit and Hallel.

* 10:00 Hakafot, chanting and walking. This should take approximately 1.5 hours.

* Torah reading. (We will do group aliyot rather than individual aliyot for every person in order not to lose the energy of the Hakafot)

* Silent time for Mussaf, and ending.

Even though this model does not put as much emphasis on the “fun” aspects of Simkhat Torah, it will hopefully allow for the emergence of another kind of joy and appreciation for the place of Torah in our lives.

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From Monday, October 5, 2015 at 10:00 am
Until Tuesday, October 6, 2015 at 1:00 pm
Temple Beth Zion
1566 Beacon St
Brookline, MA 02446
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