Bay Area Council for Soviet Jews' daily vigil in front of the Soviet Consulate, Nov. 24, 1986 (Photo/Tom Wachs)

When I became Jewishly woke

I miss Simchat Torah — the unsocially distanced version. It is the only Jewish holiday that actually has the word simcha, joy, in it. I miss dancing with the scrolls, the music, even the sacred chaos that is part of it. In some communities, it even has its share of drinking, making it a kind…
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