This Shabbat is called “Shabbat Chol Hamoed Sukkot”, (the weekday part of the Sukkot festival – BUT its Shabbat, and all Shabbat rules apply)

After a very full month of TISHREI, beginning with Rosh Hashanah, we come to the concluding days beginning Monday evening 27th September (6:28pm) for the Festival of Shemini Atzeret (8th day of Sukkot) and Simchat Torah (celebrating the conclusion of the reading of the Torah) on Tuesday & Wednesday 28/29th September.

The previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Yitzchock Schneerson, related, in the name of his father known as the Rebbe Rashab: “The 48 hours of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah must be held very precious. For at every moment one can draw down pails full and barrels full of treasures, both materially and physically.

How is this accomplished, by dancing with the Torah. Interestingly enough, we dance with the Torah in its closed form with its ties and covers, not in its open form reading from it.

One may ask why? Here once again we see the unique character of the whole of the Jewish People. Everyone is important and everyone counts. The Torah does not belong just to the learned, but even if someone is less learned and as of yet not had the opportunity to engage with that which is written within the Torah is still part of it. He / She too can be part of this special 48 hours and take ownership of the Torah with joy purely by dancing.

Services are being held at all of our Chabad Houses and are most enjoyable. Check our websites for times of each of our Chabad services in Gants Hill, Buckhurst Hill and Epping.

Have a wonderful Shabbat and joyous Festival time beyond.