Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah means "Rejoicing in the Torah." This holiday marks the completion of the annual cycle of weekly Torah readings. Each week in synagogue we publicly read a few chapters from the Torah, starting with Genesis Ch. 1 and working our way around to Deuteronomy 34. On Simchat Torah, we read the last Torah portion, then proceed immediately to the first chapter of Genesis, reminding us that the Torah is a circle, and never ends.

This completion of the readings is a time of great celebration. There are processions around the synagogue carrying Torah scrolls and plenty of high-spirited singing and dancing in the synagogue with the Torahs. Drinking is also common during this time; in fact, a traditional source recommends performing the priestly blessing earlier than usual in the service, to make sure the Kohanim are not drunk when the time comes! As many people as possible are given the honor of an aliyah (reciting a blessing over the Torah reading); in fact, even children are called for an aliyah blessing on Simchat Torah. In addition, as many people as possible are given the honour of carrying a Torah scroll in these processions. Children do not carry the scrolls (they are much too heavy!), but often follow the procession around the synagogue, sometimes carrying small toy Torahs (stuffed plush toys or paper scrolls).

Simchat Torah is a holiday on which work is not permitted. 



Source: Bard, Mitchell G. Jewish Holidays: Simchat Torah, 1998 
http://www.jewishvirtuallibrary.org/jsource/Judaism/holiday5.html

 

Service Times

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Sunday Sep 23, 2018 / 14th of Tishrei, 5779
Erev Sukkot
Minha 6:00 PM
Candle Lighting 6:57 PM

Monday Sep 24, 2018 / 15th of Tishrei, 5779
Sukkot I
Services 8:45 AM
Junior Minyan 10:00 AM
Minha 7:00 PM
Candle Lighting not before 7:53 PM

Tuesday Sep 25, 2018 / 16th of Tishrei, 5779
Sukkot II
Services 8:45 AM
Junior Minyan 10:00 AM
Minha 7:00 PM
Havdalah 7:55 PM

Wednesday Sep 26, 2018 / 17th of Tishrei, 5779
Sukkot III
Services 7:30 AM
Minha 6:00 PM

Thursday Sep 27, 2018 / 18th of Tishrei, 5779
Sukkot IV
Services 7:30 AM
Minha 6:00 PM

Friday Sep 28, 2018 / 19th of Tishrei, 5779
Sukkot V
Services 7:30 AM
Minha 6:00 PM
Candle Lighting 6:47 PM

Saturday Sep 29, 2018 / 20th of Tishrei, 5779
Sukkot VI
Services 8:45 AM
Junior Minyan 10:00 AM
Minha 6:45 PM
Havdalah 7:48 PM

Sunday Sep 30, 2018 / 21st of Tishrei, 5779
Sukkot VII
Services 8:30 AM
Erev Shmini Atzeret
Minha 6:00 PM
Candle Lighting 6:44 PM

Monday Oct 01, 2018 / 22nd of Tishrei, 5779
Shmini Atzeret
Services 8:45 AM
Junior Minyan 10:00 AM
Erev Simchat Torah
Minha 6:45 PM
Candle Lighting not before 7:41 PM

Tuesday Oct 02, 2018 / 23rd of Tishrei, 5779
Simchat Torah
Services 8:45 AM
Junior Minyan 10:00 AM
Minha 6:45 PM
Havdalah 7:42 PM