Delray Orthodox Synagogue
DELRAY ORTHODOX SYNAGOGUE
"A Jewel of a Shul"
7319 W. ATLANTIC AVENUE
DELRAY BEACH, FLORIDA 33446
RABBI MENACHEM JAROSLAWICZ
HARRY LAZARUS, PRESIDENT
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They say that time flies when you are having fun. If that is true, being that this weekend already marks the culmination of all of the Yomim Noroyim, Sukkos, Shmini Atzeres and Simchas Torah, we at DOS must be having some serious fun. Where have the Yomim Tovim gone?
The true Simcha that we all experienced together throughout Yom Tov, the Davening, the learning, and even the Kiddushim in the Sukkah are truly memorable.
You may ask. "How can you discuss how wonderful Simchas Torah was when you are writing this article beforehand?" The answer is simple. It is a basic Torah principle of Kal V'chomer. If the Simcha was so strong throughout Sukkos, Z'man Simchasainu, ("the time of our rejoicing"), for so many days in a row, and this was just a physical Simcha for us, how much more so will the spirit continue and the joy express itself multifold as we approach our Simcha for the Torah. The only thing that we are really missing is the presence of our fellow members who are in Eretz Yisroel, New York, Chicago and the like. While we wish them the most beautiful Yom Tov possible, we really wish that they were here, celebrating together with us.
The question can be asked. On Simchas Torah, when we Lain from the Torah and we begin to read the story of creation all over again, why does the Ba'al Koreh occasionally stop and the entire congregation precedes him saying certain sentences out loud? At the end of each day of creation we all say, "And it was evening, and it was morning, Day _____! (One!, The Second Day, The Third Day, etc.)" We do this at the culmination of each of the days of creation. At the end of Day Six, we read the entire paragraph leading into the Shabbos. And, if this is indeed the proper way to read this portion, why don't we do it again on the following Shabbos, Parshas Beraishis when we read the entire Torah portion?
The answer can be easily understood if we comprehend the reason for this Torah reading on Simchas Torah in the first place. On a regular Shabbos, the reason that we read the Torah portion in Shul is to assist the individual community members to fulfill their obligation to learn Torah. Not so on Simchas Torah. The reason we read from the Torah on Simchas Torah is what we call "Simcha Yesairah," additional Simcha. We are bursting at the seams from all the joy that we have been experiencing and we have a strong desire to channel that Simcha in a Torah direction and not let it run amok. What better way than to read from the Torah to express to G-d an appropriate thank you for all of the joy that we are feeling. And, with that expression of joy through reading the Torah, we reaffirm to Hashem our faith and our belief in the Torah itself, in the creation of the universe in six days, the establishment of Shabbos, and of our commitment to living our lives as Torah-abiding Jews.
This is why we call out the affirmation of our belief, "And there was evening, and there was morning, Day One! The Second Day, etc. etc."
So, are there still any possible questions as to how it is that I know ahead of time how Simchadik our Simchas Torah will be? With all of the Simcha that we had until now, for ourselves, how could it possibly end any other way?
Have a Chag Kosher V'samayach!
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