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October 25, 2016
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 Monday, October 24 and ends at sundown on Tuesday, October 25.
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.