from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Judaism A festival celebrating the Law of Moses and the completion of the year's cycle and subsequent new beginning, observed on the 22nd or 23rd day of Tishri.

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  • n. (Judaism) a Jewish holy day celebrated on the 22nd or 23rd of Tishri to celebrate the completion of the annual cycle of readings of the Torah


Hebrew śimḥat tôrâ, rejoicing in the Torah, Simchat Torah : śimḥâ, joy (from śāmēaḥ, to rejoice; see śmḫ in Semitic roots) + tôrâ, torah; see Torah.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • She applied a fraction of these skills in order to look fantastic, while passing out the traditional Hershey’s milk chocolate candy bars to the children on their way out the door after Simchat Torah services at Congregation Montefiore, the Sephardic synagogue we attended.

    Roseanne Archy


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