Simchat Torah

June 21, 2006

Holiday of rejoicing with the Torah. The sequence of reading the parshiyot, or sections, of the Torah on each Shabbat is set up such that the reading concludes and re-commences on Simchat Torah. Joyous dancing with the Torah accompanies the seven circuits [“hakafot”] around the synagogue. In the Diaspora, i.e., outside of Israel, Simchat Torah is celebrated the day after Shmini Atzeret.