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Simchat Torah Services with Honorees

Sunday, October 11, 2020 23 Tishrei 5781

10:00 AM - 12:30 PM


The Tradition of Kallat Ha-Torah, Kallat Bíreshit, & Kallat Maftir

The practice of honoring members of a congregation by designating them as Hatan or Kallat Ha-Torah (Bridegroom or Bride of the Torah) and Hatan or Kallat B’reshit (Bridegroom or Bride of the Beginning) stems from medieval Judaism, used in calling them to the Bimah for the Torah reading.

On Simchat Torah, coinciding with the second day of Sh’mini Atzeret and a separate festival following Sukkot, the Torah cycle of the year is complete and recommenced. The last and first sections are traditionally regarded as portions of honor. Historically it was the practice to assign these portions to individuals, who because of their scholarship, piety, or service to the Jewish community, merited public tribute.

The custom of honoring a Hatan or Kallat Maftir (Bridegroom or Bride of the Prophetic Message) also was established to honor an outstanding individual for conspicuous services rendered to the Jewish community or the Synagogue.  Traditionally, the honoree chanted the Haftorah.   Celebrate these deserving honorees with us on Zoom!
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