chatan torah


chatan torah (CHAH-tuhn TOE-ruh) listen
chatan torah (chah-TAHN toh-RAH) listen


  • n. "Bridegroom of the Torah" (Glinert), an honor given to an important member of the community on the holiday of Simchat Torah where the honoree is called up to the Torah for the penultimate reading, which contains the last lines of the Torah.

Example Sentences

  • "I hope you can come along to the synagogue this Simchat Torah—my father's going to be the Chatan Torah." (Glinert)

  • "The Knesset Hagdola writes that the custom of selling the Chatan Torah was cancelled. Instead, the Chatan Torah is chosen from the leaders of the congregation, because it is only fitting that someone who is great in Torah should be chosen as Chatan Torah." (source)

  • "Is an avel within 12 months of a parent’s death allowed to be the chatan Torah on Simchat Torah?" (source)

  • "The Torah is completed during the aliya of the 'Chatan Torah,' and then begun anew during the aliya of the 'Chatan Bereishit.'" (source)

  • "As the story goes, the congregation selected the town fool to receive the high honor of being the chatan torah – the groom of the Torah." (source)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew


  • חתן תורה chatan tora 'bridegroom of the Torah'

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education
      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
      • Organizations: People involved in a professional or volunteer capacity with Jewish nonprofit organizations


      • North America
      • Great Britain
      • South Africa
      • Australia / New Zealand


      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).

      Alternative Spellings

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  • In some more-liberal communities, a feminine term kallat torah 'bride of the Torah' can be used.

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