~Tishri 23 - October 11th, 2009
~It actually Begins at sunset the night before~
Simchat Torah, pronounced sihm KHAHT toh RAH, is a Jewish festival of rejoicing in the
Torah, or Law. Simchat Torah marks the end of the annual cycle of readings from the
Torah that take place in the synagogue every Saturday morning. The cycle begins again on
the first Saturday after Simchat Torah. The festival falls on the 23rd day of the Hebrew
month of Tishri. Tishri usually occurs in September and October. Jews in Israel and
Reform Jews observe the festival on the 22nd day of Tishri.
is a harvest festival that begins five days after Yom Kippur.
Jews build small huts
for Sukkot as a reminder of the huts the Israelites lived in during their wandering in the
wilderness. On the last day of this festival, called Simhat Torah, Jews celebrate the
completion of the yearly reading of the Torah. Following Sukkot is a supplementary
two-day celebration called Shemini Atzeret, the second day of which is called Simhat
Torah. ~Above Information from The World Book Encyclopedia~
How wonderful it would be to have a day for Christians that is similar to Simchat Torah.
To celebrate the Word of God that we are blessed and privileged to own and read.
Unfortunately not many Christians even read their own Bible. Some people have about 5-6
different Bibles in their home unused while Christians in many countries can't afford to
buy one. The Lord has given us an amazing treasure and a road map in the scriptures. You
can't find that treasure unless you are reading the Bible daily. Choose today to start
reading the Bible Daily. For online Bibles and study tools visit:
Annie's Bible Study Resources Page
Customs of Simchat Torah
Jewish Community Online - Simchat Torah
Judaism 101 - Shemini Atzeret and Simkhat Torah
Noble Web - Simchat Torah
Shmini Atzeret is October 10th, 2009
Simchat Torah is October 11th, 2009
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Annie's "Why do you have pages about Jewish Feasts?" Page
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