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What is a Chatan Torah, and what is a Chatan Bereishit?

by Rabbi Shalom Hazan

  

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On Simchat Torah we conclude the Torah as part of the yearly cycle of its reading, and immediately begin a new cycle, starting from Bereishit (Genesis). The person who is called up to the Torah for its conclusion is referred to as Chatan Torah, and the person who is called up for the reading of the beginning is dubbed Chatan Bereishit. There are special introductions found in the Siddur, to introduce these two honorees.

The person who is called up to the Torah for its conclusion is referred to as Chatan Torah, and the person who is called up for the reading of the beginning is dubbed Chatan Bereishit
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