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Whole School Simhat Torah 7: Why Two Torah Holidays

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  • Grades: 7-8     The Whole-School Holiday lessons make up a spiral curriculum, in which each lesson focuses on a different aspect of Jewish holiday, value, or key subject. With some exceptions, Whole School Holiday lessons are built around a matrix that allows students to have an unique experience each year. 

    • Grade 1–2: Simhat Torah Symbols
    • Grade 2–3: The Story of Simhat Torah 
    • Grade 3–4: The Flying Letters
    • Grade 4–5: End & Beginning of the Torah
    • Grade 5–6: How to Have an Aliyah to the Torah
    • Grade 6–7: Dressing the Torah 
    • Grade 7–8: Why Two Torah Holidays 
    • Teacher Guide

      One of the “problems” in the Jewish year is that there are two different Torah holidays. Everyone likes Torah, but two holidays about the same thing is confusing. Of course, one comes in the fall and the other at the end of spring, but to understand the reason for two holidays one needs to look carefully at the reasons for each. Simhat Torah celebrates the renewal of the weekly Torah reading cycle. Shavuot remembers the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. They are distinct memories, but they still could have overlapped. The Dubner Maggid created a parable to show why we need both. This parable is the heart of this lesson.

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