Portions Library

A collection of essays on the weekly Torah Portions, from Genesis to Deuteronomy, adapted from Torah Club.

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Simchat Torah

When Israel studies the Torah, the adversary accuses them, saying, "Though they have begun to study it, they will not finish it." On the day that they finish Deuteronomy, he says, "Though they have finished it, they will not study it again." To prove the adversary a liar, we begin reading Genesis as soon as we have finished Deuteronomy.