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Simchat Torah

September 29

Simchat Torah (Hebrew: שִׂמְחַת תּוֹרָה‎ “Rejoicing with/of the Torah” or ‘Celebrating the Torah”) is the annual Jewish holiday that marks the conclusion of the yearly cycle of public Torah readings, and the start of a new cycle. In Israel it is celebrated on the same day as Shemini Atzeret, but in the global diaspora it is celebrated on the second rabbinical day, the 23rd day of Tishrei; it is therefore observed as and considered a separate holiday by the Fellowship.

In 2021 Simchat Torah will be celebrated from the evening of September 28th to the evening of September 29th. The holiday has its origins in Medieval and Renaissance European Jewish communities, with the northern custom of reading Genesis immediately after completing Deuteronomy, and the southern custom of singing with the Torah scrolls. Other activities associated with celebrating Simchat Torah include children tearing down the sukkot, and evening dancing with the Torah scrolls.


September 29


David Ferriman