Simchat Torah 5775 – Chag Same’ach!

Simchat Torah – Chag Same’ach!

The last and most joyous festival of the Jewish holiday season is almost upon us – Sukkot finishes tonight and Simchat Torah begins.

I shall refer you to last year’s post on Simchat Torah if you would like to know more about the festival – which involves lots of dancing with the Torah scrolls in 7 circuits of the synagogue, giving out sweets to the children, and generally celebrating reading the entire Torah and starting all over again from Bereishit (Genesis).

Dancing with the Torah scrolls on Simchat Torah

Following the dancing we say Tefilat Geshem (the prayer for rain) – which this year came in rather early, on the first day of Sukkot, and has decided to visit us again today with strong showers this morning!

Rainbow on 1st day Sukkot in Kfar Vradim (north Israel)

Thunderstorm in Haifa

I hope the rain holds off while we walk to and from shul. And then, let the clouds overflow!

I wish those of you celebrating Chag Sameach!

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3 Responses to Simchat Torah 5775 – Chag Same’ach!

  1. cba says:

    חג שמח!

  2. peteca1 says:

    BY THE WAY … important. If you have followed the news about Ebola, you know that one man died in Texas (Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital) and that two nurses who treated him have now been onfected with the illness. Clearly, this strain of the Ebola virus is much more contagious than the authorities have been telling people. Both the nurses who got the diasease were wearing full protective clothing and masks … there seems to be no apparent violation of the “isolation standards” that they were trained to do. This Ebola strain represents a serious threat.

    Your own country of Isreal probably should seal off all airplane flights from West Africa. And possibly you should consider some type of quarantine for people arriving from all African flights … until you are sure they do not have the illness. You can hardly afford for Ebola to be spread around Israel – you country is just too small.

    Persnally, I dont see how they can keep this illness from reaching some of the slums in the world, such as Karachi, Mumbai, Rio, etc. If it gets into any of those places, it would be impossible to stop widespread infections in there.

    Pete, USA

  3. peteca1 says:

    One clarification … in case anyone in Israel is reading this. we have learned in the USA that the hospital in Dallas did NOT follow strict precautions, and that for two days the nurses there were NOT properly protected. They were wearing normal nursing uniforms and wearing gloves and masks. But they were not using full isolation garments. That was a failure due to a lack of proper equipment and protocls. Therfore, most likely Ebola is not beating the very strict isolation procedures, but it can be transmitted if health care workers use only standard precautions. Paranoia is not necessary – good preparation is what is necessary!!

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