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Feast of Simhat Torah in Leghorn Italy (1850 - Solomon Alexander Hart)

The tradition of choosing two men each year as Hatanim (bride grooms) for Simchat Torah is relatively recent. For example, the first mention of immediately starting to read from Bereishith after completing the reading cycle of veZot HaBerakha, only occurs in times of the Shulkhan Arukh (1565). Prior to that the main focus dating back to the 1st century was on dancing 7 Hakafot .

Among them, the Hatan Torah has the honour of being called up to finish the reading of the Torah, and the Hatan Bereshit to read the first part of the Torah immediately afterwards. These are distinguished honours given to members of the community who with their wives and family have been actively involved for the betterment of the community.

In the Rambam Sephardi community, each of the Hatanim have the right to choose a Shushbin (best man) to accompany them through their tasks on the day. Additionally, our community continues to celebrate the hatanim also on Shabbat Bereishith.

Our Hatanim
Year Hatan Torah Hatan Bereshit Hatan Me'Onah
5784 2023/24 Yoav Amit Rabbi Raviv Rahmani Rami Maya
5783 2022/23 Charles Ezekiel Dan Benveniste Daniel Cohen
5782 2021/22 Ravid Autmazguin Danny Hazan Joseph Gorjian
5781 2020/21 Raphael Lavi Rabbi Eliyahu Hye Ariel Kosky
5780 2019/20 Meir Gotlieb Justin Berger Benjamin Cohen
5779 2018/19 Gary Somers Rabbi Jeff Berger  
5778 2017/18 Neville Levy Eric Misan  
5777 2016/17 David Gasc Derek Sheena  
5776 2015/16 Abe Wahnon Yuval Cohen  
5775 2014/15 David Halfon Natan Servi  
5774 2013/14 Joe Arazi Gedalia Alexander  
5773 2012/13 Ralph levy Daniel Carmel  


Thu, 18 July 2024 12 Tammuz 5784