Today is October 20, 2017 /
October 12, 2017
From Tori Avey: Simchat Torah (rejoicing with the Torah) marks the end/beginning of the annual cycle of weekly Torah readings. It is a joyous holiday that celebrates the love of Torah and study. It is celebrated by taking out all the Torah scrolls and spending the evening dancing, singing, and rejoicing. The scrolls are carried around in seven circles called hakafot. Though only seven circles are required, the dancing and celebrating usually goes on much longer. It is also customary to drink on the holiday as part of the celebratory experience. Many people also take the Torah scrolls out to the street and dance publicly as a way of showing their pride.