Simchat Torah and the Jewish love of life

Simchat Torah and the Jewish love of life


Fifty years after the Yom Kippur War, Israelis face an attack launched during another holiday: Simchat Torah, which ends the festival season. As in 1973, Israel’s enemies took advantage of Israeli soldiers celebrating with their families at home. As in 1973, the war shattered a sense of complacency within the Jewish state – fifty years ago due to the resounding success of the Six-Day War; today thanks to the country’s remarkable missile defense system, Iron Dome.

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