Worshipers rejoice upon completing atonement on Sukkot and the reading of the Torah on Simchat Torah holy days

It's a "mitzvah" (commandment) to be happy on Sukkot and Simchat Torah! At Los Angeles' modern orthodox, Carlebach "Happy" Minyan, impassioned worshipers accompany the Hoshana Rabah worship service by dancing and playing timbrel, shofar, fiddle, guitar, and other acoustic musical instruments.



On Simchat Torah, the celebration of the completion of the annual Torah-reading cycle, the Torahs are danced around the synagogue. The effusion often spills over into the streets of their visibly Jewish neighborhood in Los Angeles.

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