About the Holiday
Simchat Torah is the exuberant conclusion to the fall holiday season in the Jewish calendar. It is an unforgettable outpouring of joy and celebration, all about one thing: the Torah, the first five books of the Bible.
On Simchat Torah, the Torah scrolls are taken out in synagogues all over the world, and the singing and dancing begins! The celebration includes a reading of the final portion in the Torah. When reading the Torah is completed, it is immediately begun again.
In addition to attending services, there are also lots of fun traditions associated with Simchat Torah. In some communities, the Torah scroll is brought around for everyone to look at. People will dance and wave colorful flags in celebration. Looking for a way to celebrate with your family? Here are seven fun things to do with kids on Simchat Torah from our friends at PJ Library!
Simchat Torah 101—Donna Rudolph
Edible Torah—Zubeida Ullah-Eilenberg
Reading Sammy Spider’s First Simchat Torah—Helen Singer