• n. "A joyous occasion; a celebration" (JPS); usually related to a lifecycle event.

Example Sentences

  • "What a simchah!" (said by a friend to my dad in reference to our wedding which he had attended) or "Baruch hashem, I have so many simchas to go to this week!"

Languages of Origin

  • Textual Hebrew
  • Yiddish


  • Heb שמחה simkhá 'happiness', Yiddish שׂימחה símkhe 'a celebration, party'

    • Who Uses This

      • Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)


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


      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
      • The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
      • Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
      • Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

      Alternative Spellings

      simchah, simkhe


  • Plural simchas / simchahs or simchot / simchos.

Edit     Something missing from this entry? Inaccurate? Feel free to suggest an edit.