Simchat Torah


Simchat Torah (seem-KHAT to-RAH) listen
Simchas Torah (SIM-khas TOR-uh) listen


  • n. A Jewish holiday celebrating the end of the annual cycle of Torah readings and the beginning of the next one.

Example Sentences

  • "Simchas Torah was so fun! This year I stayed for all seven hakafot, and I even got to hold a Sefer Torah for one of them!"

  • "I danced so long on Simchat Torah that the heel came off my shoe." (Glinert)

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Heb. שִׂמְחַת תּוֹרָה simchat torah 'rejoicing of the Torah' > Yid. שׂמחת־תּורה simkhes toyre‎

    • Who Uses This

      • Religious: Jews who are engaged in religious observance and have some Jewish education


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


      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      Simchat Tora, Simchas Torah, Simchas Tora, Simchas Toreh, Simchas Tore, Simchas Toirah, Simchas Toira, Simchas Toireh, Simchas Toire, Simchas Toyrah, Simchas Toyra, Simchas Toyreh, Simchas Toyre, Simkhat Torah, Simkhat Tora, Simkhas Torah, Simkhas Tora, Simkhas Toreh, Simkhas Tore, Simkhas Toirah, Simkhas Toira, Simkhas Toireh, Simkhas Toire, Simkhas Toyrah, Simkhas Toyra, Simkhas Toyreh, Simkhas Toyre


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