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Simchat Torah

Jews read successive portions of the Torah every Sabbath in synagogue. On Simchat Torah, which means "Joy of the Torah", they read the last passage in the Torah and then they immediately read the first passage in the Torah. Thus, there is an unbroken cycle of reading Judaism's holiest book. Food customs have evolved and certain kosher recipes have become Simchat Torah traditions.

Easy Stuffed Cabbage
Stuffed Cabbage takes time and effort to prepare, so it tends to be a Jewish holiday dish. Meat Stuffed Cabbage is traditionally served on Simchat Torah because the cylindrical shape of the meat-filled cabbage rolls is reminiscent of the shape of Torah.

Unstuffed Cabbage
I love the taste of cabbage and ground beef together in a sweet and sour tomato sauce. But I don't love the amount of time it takes to make stuffed cabbage. This Unstuffed Cabbage recipe is the way to get that great taste without all the work.

Torah Cookies (Dairy or Pareve)
During the holiday of Sukkot, you can make these fun Torah Cookies with your children. They will enjoy the holiday togetherness, and they will feel proud when you take the cookies out of the freezer and serve them on Simchat Torah. What a sweet way for your family to start the new year!

Torah-Shaped Mushroom Blintzes (Parve)
For a special Simchat Torah appetizer, make Mushroom Blintzes in the shape of Torah Scrolls. Simply make small blintzes, fill with mushroom filling, roll into a log and place two on each plate (side by side).

Kasha Varnishkas (Parve)
Kasha, or buckwheat groats, are nutritious and full of flavor. Kasha Varnishkas is a traditional Jewish dish that combines kasha with noodles. I like to make Kasha with Bowties for holiday meals because it brings with it memories of generations past and thus adds meaning to our holiday celebration.

Susie Fishbein's Moussaka Recipe (Meat)
Sometimes, for a special occasion, it is worthwhile to invest in a dish. This Moussaka, from Susie Fishbein's Kosher by Design Entertains cookbook, is one of those dishes. The recipe requires a few more ingredients and a bit more effort, but your guests will remember dining with you in your home.

Chabad.org: Basic Stuffed Cabbage (Meat)
Stuffed Cabbage is traditionally served on Simchat Torah because the cylindrical shape of the meat-filled cabbage rolls is reminiscent of the shape of Torah scrolls. While Stuffed Cabbage is not the easiest dish to prepare, it is well worth the work. Chabad provides this simple recipe for Basic Stuffed Cabbage.

Oven Roasted Vegetables (Parve)
Simchat Torah follows weeks of holiday eating, which began on Rosh Hashanah. Thus, on Simchat Torah, I like to serve some light dishes. These Oven Roasted Vegetables, courtesy of Norene Gilletz's Web Site, are perfect for Simchat Torah, as they are both healthy and festive.

Farfel Vegetable Kugel (Parve)
This Farfel Vegetable Kugel comes from a book called Healthy Helpings. I like to make this in the form of muffins on Simchat Torah because it seems more festive.

Teiglach Made Simple (Parve)
Teiglach, which means "little dough" in Yiddish, are small, knotted pastries boiled in a honeyed syrup. Teiglach (also spelled Taiglach) are a traditionally eaten on Rosh Hashana, Sukkot and Simchat Torah. I like this kosher recipe for Teiglach because of its simplicity.

Honey-Orange Chicken (Meat)
Around Simchat Torah, oranges begin to appear in Israeli markets. Thus, on Simchat Torah, I like to serve Orange Chicken. This Honey-Orange Chicken recipe, from Joan Nathan, is one of my favorites.

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