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Debate Results

Three times now, the debate has raged on.  One says the other is unfit.  The other tries to hold on the their lead.  It seems that the polls show a clear winner.

Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Sukkot the adversary (satan, in Hebrew) has tried very hard to convince G-d that the Jewish people are not worthy of G-d’s blessings for a good year.  But we have beat the odds.  Through shofar, fasting and dwelling together, united in the sukkah we wave our lulav in victory over the satan.

So what do we do?  How do we celebrate?  One word: D A N C E!!!

Tonight begins the two day extravaganza of Shmini Atzeret and Simchat Torah.  The sukkah is gone, the lulav is gone, and we just experience the true joy of being Jewish and united with G-d.

The midrash says that the holiday of Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah is like when a king hosts a party and invites a close friend.  Then, after the week-long party, the king turns to his friend and says, “Your separation is difficult for me.  Stay one more day.”  Likewise, G-d asks the Jewish people to stay in the holiday just one more day (two, outside of Israel).

But doesn’t this only postpone the problem?  Why not just say it after that day, too.  The answer is that G-d is not just asking us to stick around one more day.  This day represents a whole new dimension in our relationship.  On this day, we are not just hanging around with G-d, but we are totally united with Him and each other, completely encompassed by joy and celebration.  So we take out the Torah and dance.  We don’t read or learn from the Torah.  That would show our differences.  By dancing with the Torah, we are all the same.  Young, old, wise and simple all dance together.  So go to your nearest Chabad House tonight and tomorrow and dance the night away!

~Rabbi Yossi

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