b'WESTERN MARBLE ARCH SYNAGOGUESimchat Torah at the Synagogue in Leghorn, Livorno, Italy, by Solomon Alexander Hart (1806-1881).places in Talmud with regards to doing mitzvotthe culmination of many those discussions is that even if we do not understand the reason why we are doing a certain mitzvah it is better to do it anyway rather than wait to understand its meaning.] So what does this all have to do with Simchat Torah? Odd as this may seem, the above concept plays a key role in understanding this particular Jewish holiday. We all know Simchat Torah to be the holiday where we demonstrate our love and joy for the Torah by drinking copious amounts of whiskey, vodka, (or in the case of the Sephardic Minyan upstairsarak or boukha) and dancing with the Sifrei Torah throughout the night and continuing on the next day. It is also the day where we finish the last parsha of Deuteronomy and re-start our weekly readings by reciting the first parsha of Exodus. This all seems fine, but if we investigate the holiday a bit more, some strange questions begin to appear, namely: Dont we already have a holiday where we celebrate the receiving of the TorahShavuot? Furthermore, it is written that the Torah was 28'