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    Torah Readings

    The Torah is the mainstay of the Jewish religion. It is the glue that holds us together as a people and religion. The Torah consists of the Five Books of Moses (Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy), and constitutes the most essential part of our Bible. The words in the Torah are written on a parchment scroll and are written in Hebrew without vowel. The Torah is stored in an Ark.

    The word Torah also means Law or Teaching. The Torah is the centerpiece of Judaism. This is where the Jewish people have gotten their laws and traditions. The Torah is also the gift that the Jewish people have given to the world, starting with the Ten Commandments.

    Though not every Jew observes all of its Commandments in totality, all Jews recognize the Torah and its interpretation as the moral and spiritual guide of not only for the Jewish people, but also Christians and Moslems around the world as well.

    The public reading of the Torah is an ancient tradition in Judaism, going back thousands of years. Being called up to read from the scroll in public is one of the highest honors that one can receive during a service.

    The Torah is divided into weekly sections known as sidrot. Each sidra is comprised of several chapters and a Bar Mitzvah will usually read a passage selected from the week’s sidra or Torah portion.

    Once a year, during the holiday of Simchat Torah (the Joy of the Torah), many Torah scrolls are taken out of the Ark and paraded around in celebration of the reading the last chapters in the Torah and immediately begin reading the Torah from the very first chapter, Beresheet.

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