Joy (1)

Simhat Torah
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Torah scroll
Official name Hebrew: שמחת תורה
Also called Translation: “Rejoicing with/of the Torah”
Observed by Judaism and Jews
Type Jewish
Significance The culmination of Sukkot and Shemini Atzeret. Final Parsha from Deuteronomy is read in synagogue. Everyone called to the Torah reading. Conclusion of the annual Torah reading cycle.Rejoicing with the Torah.
Celebrations Dancing in synagogue as all the Torah scrolls are carried around in seven circuits (hakafot); melakha is prohibited
Date 22nd (outside of Israel 23rd) day of Tishrei
2014 date 15 October at sundown (16 October at sundown outside of Israel)
Related to Culmination of Sukkot (Tabernacles)


The Hebrew word for JOY is SIMCHAH and is used especially in relation to the above event in the synagogues at the end of the feast of tabernacles. The Jews rejoiced in the LAW of God and his revelation to them in the Pentateuch.

Sadly their joy is short-lived and not to be compared with the joy of salvation and the knowledge of the true and living Word of God, the LORD Jesus Christ. The joy of the LORD is your strength (Neh.8:10), that is joy in faith in the Redeemer to come. This is the joy of King David so often expressed in the Psalms e.g. Ps.5:11, 21:1, 43:4 it is the same joy Christ bequeathed to his disciples in John 15, the joy that no one can take away because it is wrought in God’s people by the Holy Spirit and is the fruit of his indwelling (Gal.5:22-23). God, the source of joy is the fullness of joy in his triune being (Prov.8:30).


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