Wednesday, October 15, 2008

The joy of Simchat Torah


"The [Vilna] Gaon, z”l, was very joyous on Succot…and on Simchat Torah he would go before the Torah, very happy, with great strength and happiness. The wisdom of man lit his face like a burning torch, and he clapped his hands and danced wildly with all his strength before the Torah…When the Torah was returned to the Ark he didn’t have the same joy, just the same as any Yom Tov."

(Maaseh Rav 233)

Moadim l'Simchah,

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