Have you ever been to a simcha?  A simcha is a celebration.  So if you have ever been to a wedding, birthday party, bar mitzvah, or any other celebration, you've been to a simcha.  There is a Jewish Holy Day called Simchat Torah.  It celebrates the finishing of the reading of the Torah, and it occurs on the last day of the Feast of Tabernacles, also known as Sukkot.  The reading of the torah begins again the day after Sukkot ends. This is Simchat Torah.

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Second only to the sukkah as prominent symbols of this feast of Sukkot are the Arba'at Ha-minim, the four species, which are gathered in keeping with the commandment found in Leviticus 23:40.

Making up "the four species" are the following (Scripture references in parenthesis are from CJB version of Lev. 23:40; the Rabbinical descriptions for each of the species was retrieved from Barney Kasdan's God Appointed Times):

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Many non-Jews are familiar with Passover, Chanukah, and the High Holy Day days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.  But few non-Jews know about, and many Jews have forgotten, an equally important Holy Day, Sukkot.  It is really the third of the High Holy Days and it is the seventh of the Biblical feasts.  Sukkot also lasts seven days.  Both the numbers three and seven are significant numbers in the Bible indicating that Sukkot is important.

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People like to wear things that to show how special holidays are to them. The same is true regarding Biblical Holidays. One of the colors traditionally worn by Jews during Yom Kippur is white. This isn’t too hard to understand since Yom Kippur is the Day of Atonement and white is often associated with purity in the Jewish Bible. “’Come now, and let us reason together,’ Says the Lord, ‘Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall be as wool.’” Isaiah 1:18 “Many shall be purified, made white, and refined, but the wicked shall do wickedly; and none of the wicked shall understand, but the wise shall understand.” Daniel 12:10

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