Sh'mini Atzeret and Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah ("rejoicing in the law") is celebrated in the Reform calendar as the eighth day of Sukkot. On this day, all the Torah scrolls are taken out of the ark and paraded in the synagogue. The annual reading of the Torah is completed, and the cycle is immediately renewed. This celebration is said to parallel a wedding ceremony in which we "marry" the Torah in an everlasting bond. 

Programs for Simchat Torah

  • Organize a cleanup of synagogue grounds or a local park with your sisterhood, congregation, or community. Alternatively, organize a flower or tree planting. Use the experience to teach about the importance of the environment and the benefits of public parks.
  • Discuss with your sisterhood, congregation, or community: Simchat Torah means "rejoicing in the law." Do you think of study as a form of rejoicing? How is the phrase meaningful to us as Jews?