The centrality of the Torah to the Covenant

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  • Created on: 26-03-13 13:29

Celebrating the Torah

  • One of the happiest of all Jewish festivals is Simchat Torah - marks the completion of the yearly cycle of reading the Torah
  • Marked by singing and dancing as the Torah scrolls are carried in festive procession around the synagogue
  • Jews feel that the importance given to the festival shows how central the Torah is to Judaism - without the Torah, the Covenant with God would lack any real meaning
  • It is so important, that thousands of Jews in the past have lived and died by its teachings

The Torah is vitally important as a way that Jews can continue their long history and tradition. This is shown by the following: 

  • Jews still read from the same Hebrew Torah text that they have used for over 2,000 years
  • Jews have studies and commented on every phrase and word of the Torah
  • The last letter of the Torah is a 'lamed' and the first letter is a 'bet' (pronouced 'v')

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