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October 13, 2017
Just thought you might like to know… Simchat Torah (Hebrew: שִׂמְחַת תורָה, lit., “Rejoicing with/of the Torah,”) is a celebration marking the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and the beginning of a new cycle, reminding us that the Torah is a circle, and never ends. Simchat Torah is a time of great celebration and typically involves high-spirited singing and dancing with Torahs (and often drinking!). This year, the holiday begins at sundown on Thursday, October 12 and ends at sundown on Friday, October 13.
Simchat Torah is a yom tov, which means that it has similar obligations and restrictions to Shabbat. Some Jews choose to refrain from normal “work” on these days.