The Last Days of the Festival: Recognising our Leaders
Shabbat, Festivals & The Year
On Simchat Torah, when we celebrate completing the annual cycle of the Torah reading, it is natural that the Torah reading should be V’Zot HaBeracha, the final sidrah of the Torah, which contains Moshe’s blessings to the Jewish people.
The Book of Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), which is read on Shabbat Chol Hamo’ed Succot, acknowledges happiness as one of life’s most desirable, yet elusive goals. Some believe that happiness is to be found in sensual pleasures. Yet these experiences are - by their nature - only transient, producing memories that fade quickly.
And they shall spring up among the grass, as willows by the watercourses. One shall say: 'I am the Lord's and another shall call himself by the name of Ya’akov and another shall subscribe with his hand unto the Lord and label himself with the name, ‘Israel’. (Yeshaya/Isaiah 44:4-5)