What is Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah?
In the Diaspora, the celebration of Simchat Torah is deferred to the second day of the holiday. Commonly, only the first day is referred to as Shemini Atzeret, while the second is called Simchat Torah. Karaite Jews and Samaritans also observe Shemini Atzeret, as they do all Biblical holidays.
What is the Hebrew date of Simchat Torah?
When is Simchat Torah? Simchat Torah is observed on the 22nd to 23rd of Tishrei.
Is Simchat Torah a Yom Tov?
Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah is ambiguous holiday. In the Diaspora, where we observe two days of Yom Tov, Simchat Torah has taken on its own identity as a day to rejoice in our relationship with the Torah and to mark the completion of the Torah reading cycle.
What does Simchat mean?
Simchat Torah, Simchat also spelled Simhat, Simhath, Simchas, Simchath, or Simchat Hebrew Simḥat Torah, (“Rejoicing of the Torah”), Jewish religious observance held on the last day of Sukkot (“Festival of Booths”), when the yearly cycle of Torah reading is completed and the next cycle is begun.
What do you eat on Simchat Torah?
An Ashkenazic tradition is eating kreplach (aka Jewish wonton), dough stuffed with meat filling then boiled and served in chicken soup or fried and served as a side dish.
Can you work on Simchat Torah?
Observant Jews do not work or travel on this yom tov or “holy day.” Shemini Atzeret is immediately followed by the joyous holiday of Simchat Torah—or “rejoicing of the Law”—which is traditionally celebrated by dancing with Torah scrolls and singing hakafot, songs of praise and gratitude.
Is Simchat Torah Biblical?
Simchat Torah is a component of the Biblical Jewish holiday of Shemini Atzeret (“Eighth Day of Assembly”), which follows immediately after the festival of Sukkot in the month of Tishrei (occurring in mid-September to early October on the Gregorian calendar).
What does Hakafot mean?
Hakafot (הקפות plural); Hakafah (הקפה singular)—meaning “[to] circle” or “going around” in Hebrew—are a Jewish minhag (tradition) in which people walk or dance around a specific object, generally in a religious setting.
What’s Hanukkah mean?
Hanukkah, which means “dedication” in Hebrew, begins on the 25th of Kislev on the Hebrew calendar and usually falls in November or December. Often called the Festival of Lights, the holiday is celebrated with the lighting of the menorah, traditional foods, games and gifts.
What does Yom Tov mean in English?
Good Day” in Hebrew Language) Yom tov sheni shel galuyot, a concept in halakha.
Is Hoshana Rabbah a Yom Tov?
Hoshana Rabbah is known as the last of the Days of Judgment, which begin on Rosh Hashana. Since Hoshana Rabbah blends elements of the High Holy Days, Chol HaMoed, and Yom Tov, in the Ashkenazic tradition, the cantor recites the service using High Holiday, Festival, Weekday, and Sabbath melodies interchangeably.
How many days is Sukkot celebrated?
Sukkot is a seven-day festival.
What is a Simchat Bat ceremony?
The Simchat Bat (“celebration of the daughter”) or Brit Bat (loosely, welcoming the new daughter into the covenant) are now becoming more common. The celebration typically consists of a communal welcoming, a naming done over a cup of wine with the quotation of appropriate Biblical verses, and traditional blessings.
What does Torah mean?
Torah, in Judaism, in the broadest sense, the substance of divine revelation to Israel, the Jewish people: God’s revealed teaching or guidance for humankind. Readings from the Torah form an important part of Jewish liturgical services. The term Torah is also used to designate the entire Hebrew Bible.