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Simchas Torah Song


On Simchas Torah, people sing ישראל ואורייתא וקודשא בריך הוא חד הוא. תורה אורה הללוקה.

However, the Zohar (Shemos 73b) says differently:
קוּדְשָׁא בְּרִיךְ הוּא, אוֹרַיְיתָא, וְיִשְׂרָאֵל. וְכָל חַד [ and (last paragraph)].

If that’s the case, why do people sing this Zohar backward?


You are asking an interesting question. In deed the Zohar Ahachrei 73a also uses the order that you mention. Additionally I don’t where the text of this song comes from, however in the seforim bring it with the nusach of ישראל ואורייתא וקודשא בריך הוא חד הוא

Ohr Dovid Pg. 72, Daas Torah Vayikra pg. 122, Devorim 160, Drashos Maharam Brisk (Moadim pg. 72), who quote the Zohar this way. Also see Pele Yoetz (Shavous pg. 9), Pri Tzadik Teruma pg. 149, Sheiiris Yisrol pg. 148. The torah ora Hallelukah, I don’t know where that comes from.

Best wishes

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