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The Most Popular Holiday in the Soviet Union? Rabbi Dr. David Frankel on Simchat Torah

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Why was Simchat Torah the most publicly celebrated Jewish holiday in the Soviet Union? What was it that Soviet Jewry found so meaningful?  Rabbi Dr. David Frankel, senior lecturer in Bible at Schechter, describes this fascinating piece of Soviet Jewish history and explains how we can deepen the meaning of our own Simchat Torah celebrations today.