We want to express appreciation for the great community we live in. It was so nice that B’nai Shalom and Ohr Torah in West Orange shared several hakafot (Circuits of dancing with the Torahs) on Simchat Torah. It really added a feeling of unity and enhanced the joy of our yom tov.
We got to see friends we don’t often see and the large number of people led to longer and more spirited dancing. Kudos to those who organized it. With so much polarization in our society, and often within the Jewish community, it is important to recognize that we are Am Echad, One People, with a common Torah.