THE MEANING OF SIMCHAT TORAH
Sukkot is followed by the holiday of Simchat Torah (lit. “Joy of the Torah”). Simchat Torah is when we rejoice in the positive connection we are granted, which is revealed to us by the force of connection, love and bestowal dwelling in nature.
We are joyful that we correctly realized the method of connection, called “Torah,” from the word “Hora’a” (“instruction”), and that we corrected ourselves to harmonize with nature’s properties of love, bestowal and connection.
The reason why this state of Simchat Torah is so joyful is because, since we reach complete balance and harmony with nature’s positive force, we finally find our perfectly integrated place in nature like cells and organs finding their fully functioning roles in a living organism. We thus feel the entire life of the whole that we’re parts of. This is the most sublime state that exists in reality. It’s what Kabbalists discovered over 5,000 years ago, and that they explain how we can attain its full perception and sensation.
The Kabbalistic term for this state is “Gmar Tikkun” (“the end of correction”). The holidays of the month of Tishrei describe the path from the initial decision to change—to become more loving, giving and connected—all the way to the final change we make in our fullest realization of our connection. This is the result on the eighth day, Simchat Torah.
This day is also called Shmini Atzeret, from the Hebrew word for “stop” (“Atzar”), which stands for the place where the correction of egoism-to-altruism stops, at Gmar Tikkun (“the end of correction”). READ MORE >> http://www.kabbalah.info/bb/sukkot-meaning/
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