Sukkot and Simchat Torah celebrations
Chabad Jewish Center, 30804 Coast Highway, will celebrate Sukkot and Simchat this week to end the High Holidays.
The Sukkot holiday commemorates the travels of the Jewish people in the Sinai Desert prior to their entry into the Holy Land, where miraculous "clouds of glory" surrounded and hovered over them, shielding them from the desert. To celebrate this miracle, Jews dwell in a Sukkah, a hut of temporary construction with a roof covering of branches, for the duration of the Sukkot festival. For seven days and nights, all meals are eaten in the Sukkah, and it is regarded as a home.
The month of High Holidays comes to an end with the Holiday of Simchat Torah, ("Rejoicing of the Torah"). On this day, the annual Torah reading cycle is concluded and begun anew. The event is marked with great rejoicing, especially during the "hakafot" procession, in which there is marching, singing and dancing with the Torah scrolls around the reading table in the synagogue.