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Q&A: Women Self-Expression on Simchat Torah

Q: When I go to the synagogue on Simchat Torah, I feel quite extraneous – not dancing – and just watching the men dance. How can I express myself on Simchat Torah?

A: When women participate by watching the men dance with the Torah on Simchat Torah, their participation greatly enhances the joyfulness of the event.

A positive and proper way for women to express their spirituality is in the form of a chassidic farbrengen exclusively for women. This farbrengen can include song, dance and heartfelt joy. It should certainly include words of Torah and chassidut, as well as stories of tzaddikim, which can be prepared in advance by the women. Another option is to recite Psalms in unison for the benefit of an individual or for the entire community or nation.

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