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Simchat Torah This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Oelania P, Brooklyn, NY

   Although I grew upin a Catholic home, I have spent the last year learning about and embracingJudaism. I have had many positive experiences, but so far none has impacted memore than the celebration of Simchat Torah.

Simchat Torah is a holidayrecognizing God's gift of the Torah to Moses. The scrolled parchment is re-rolledto the beginning verse, and the celebration includes singing, dancing, and wavingbanners and flags.

For this festival, I visited a conservative synagoguewith my best friend, who is Jewish. Neither of us had been there before, but wewere greeted by a group of friendly congregates and were made to feel at home. Wewalked to the sanctuary's entrance and stood in awe of the large Ark (where theTorah is kept) and the beautiful sanctuary. I was lost in the majesty of thesynagogue.


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