October 16, 2003
Links in the Chain
That is what our year is. The year is a circle from one Rosh Hashanah to another. Your birthday is a circle from one birthday to another. And on Simchat Torah, we celebrate the circle of the Torah. Every year we read through the whole Five books of Moses, and we close the circle on Simchat Torah, a holiday that means "the joy of Torah." This year, Simchat Torah falls on Sunday, Oct. 19. We will dance in a circle around the Torah and read the last verses from the book of Deuteronomy (Devarim) and the first verses from the book of Genesis (Bereshit).
Torah in the Storah!
In this nonsense story, you will find words that sound like the English names of the Five Books of the Moses. Find them and send me the answers to win! (Clue: Some of the answers are made up of a few smaller words.)
Last time I went to the store, I met Jenny's sis. She was in the vegetable section, looking for cucumbers. We couldn't find them, so we asked the store manager, and he said: "Leave it to us, we'll find them for you!" He took us to the back of the store and showed us the cucumber bin. "Do the astronomy," he said. We had no idea what he meant, but then we realized that the cucumbers had been next to us the whole time!