58 Simchat Torah

 שִׂמְחַת תורָה

Simchat Torah





Brit Chadasha

Oct. 24-25 2024

Shminit atzeret

Simchat Torah

Deut. 33:1-34:12

Joshua 1:1-9

1Cor. 3:16-17


Shemini Atzeret (שמיני עצרת - “the Eighth [day] of Assembly”) is a Jewish holiday. It is celebrated on the 22nd day of the Hebrew month of Tishrei (first month of calendar).

In the Diaspora, an additional day is celebrated, the second day being separately referred to as Simchat Torah. In Israel and Reform Judaism, the holidays of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah are combined into a single day and the names are used interchangeably.






Simchat Torah ( Hebrew: שִׂמְחַת תורָה, lit., "Rejoicing with/of the Torah,") is a celebration marking the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and the beginning of a new cycle. Simchat Torah is a component of the Biblical Jewish holiday of Sh’mini Atzeret ("Eighth Day of Assembly"), which follows immediately after the festival of Sukkot.

The Torah (Word) is the Way “Teach them the statutes and the Torah, and make known to them the way in which they are to walk and the work they are to do.” (Exodus 18:20; see also Psalm 119:1)

The Torah (the Word) is Truth “Your righteousness is everlasting and your Torah is true.”  (Psalm 119:142)

The Torah (the Word) is Life “The Torah (teaching and Instructions) of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.”  (Proverbs 13:14; see also Deuteronomy 32:47)

The Torah is Yeshua! “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  (John 14:6)