What is Simchat Torah?
Simchat Torah is one of the most joyful celebrations in the Jewish calendar. It is the holiday that honors the ending of the annual cycle of reading the Torah and the beginning of the new one. It happens right after Sukkot (the day after it ends), the eight-day period of Sukkot and Simchat Torah is called Shmini Hatzeret. Most of the celebration happens inside the synagogues, where people dance and sing with the Torah.
Traditions of Simchat Torah
In Simchat Torah observant Jews usually go to the synagogue to read the last part of the Torah and end that cycle, and begin a new one reading the first part. This is a very happy celebration, they dance and sing with the Torah and usually kids get candy on this Holiday.
Surviving Simchat Torah in Israel
Like on Shabbat and other Holidays, kosher bars and restaurants are closed and there is no public transportation.
Synagogues in Tel Aviv For Simchat Torah
If you are looking for a synagogue during Simchat Torah, check out Secret Tel Aviv’s ‘Guide to Olim Friendly Synagogues’.
Want to learn more about holidays in Israel? Check out our Holidays in Israel Guide!
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