If you want to understand Jews and Judaism, think of Simchat Torah. It's the only festival that is the pure creation of the Jewish people.They created a day of pure joy.
On 14 October 1663 the Samuel Pepys visited a synagogue in London. It happened to be Simchat Torah. He couldn't believe what he was seeing. People dancing around in a synagogue. He'd never seen anything like it.
If you want to understand Jews and Judaism, think of Simchat Torah and we realize that Judaism is really a love story: the story of the love of a people for a book, the book with which we dance with on Simchat Torah as if it were a bride.
(Thank you to the Hebrew Academy, San Diego for use of the Simchat Torah dancing video.)
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