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    Torah reading at night – Simchat Torah

    Some congregations read the final section of the Torah on Simchat Torah night, not just in the morning.

    The custom differs from place to place but the basic rule of K’ri’at HaTorah is that it is restricted to the morning. However, since the Torah scrolls have been removed from the Ark for the purpose of the circuits of the synagogue, some argue that there should be a reading so that the scrolls will have been used for their regular purpose.

    According to the Rema, “Each place follows its own usage”. If a reading does occur it is of the first portions normally associated with Simchat Torah morning, and the High Holyday melody is used.

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