Sunday, October 10, 2004

My 3 year old saves Simchat Torah

Paul Shaviv at bloghead noted that Simchat Torah had been ruined for him because of too much talking, not enough ruach, and a general move away from the way he remembered the holiday as a youngster. As I read his post, I agreed totally. In my shul, the ruach and singing comes from a small group of teens and parents with small children. Most of the younger teens socialize outside, and the middle aged people talk inside. A lot of the older people dont even come. Sometimes you cant even hear when the Hakafot start of finish. It really gets depressing.

This year, my 3 year old was old enough to have some understanding of what when on. He insisted on kissing every Torah, sang as loud as he could, and everytime the singing stopped(new Hakafah, new song) he looked at me and said, "more music? more singing?". On Shabbat and today you can hear him playing with his toys, singing "aneinu, aneinu, be'yom koreinu". Of course, he doesn't get the words exactly right, but you know what he means, and the tune is right on. I saw Simchat Torah through his eyes, and all of a sudden, all the people talking, not paying attention, leaving early, eating early, it didn't matter and didn't bother me. It was the best Simchat Torah for me in years.

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