Simhath Torah

/sim"khahs tawr"euh, tohr"euh/; Seph. Heb. /seem khaht" taw rddah"/; Ashk. Heb. /sim"khahs toh"rddeuh, toy"rddeuh, -kheuhs/
a Jewish festival, celebrated on the 23rd day of Tishri, being the 9th day of Sukkoth, that marks the completion of the annual cycle of the reading of the Torah in the synagogue and the beginning of the new cycle.
Also, Simhat Torah, Simchath Torah, Simchat Torah.
[ < Heb simhath torah lit., rejoicing of the Law]

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▪ religious festival
Simhath also spelled  Simhat, Simchas, Simchath, or Simchat,  Hebrew  Simḥat Torah  

      (“Rejoicing of the Torah”), Jewish religious observance held on the last day of Sukkoth (“Festival of Booths”), when the yearly cycle of Torah reading is completed and the next cycle is begun. Torah scrolls are removed from the ark and carried through the synagogue seven times in a joyful procession, sometimes followed by children waving flags. There are singing and dancing and, for the children, sweets. The rejoicing characteristic of Simhath Torah is meant to express the joy that Jews feel in their possession and observance of the words of the Torah (the “Law”).

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  • Simhath Torah — noun (Judaism) a Jewish holy day celebrated on the 22nd or 23rd of Tishri to celebrate the completion of the annual cycle of readings of the Torah • Syn: ↑Shimchath Torah, ↑Simchat Torah, ↑Simhat Torah, ↑Simchas Torah, ↑Rejoicing over the Law,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Simhath Torah — Sim•hath or Simchath Torah [[t]ˈsɪm xɑsˈtɔr ə, ˈtoʊr ə[/t]] hebr. [[t]simˈxɑt tɔˈrɑ[/t]] n. jud a Jewish festival, celebrated on the 23rd day of Tishri, being the 9th day of Sukkoth, that marks the completion of the annual cycle of the reading of …   From formal English to slang

  • Simhath Torah — /sɪmˌkaθ ˈtɔra/ (say sim.kahth tawrah) noun the Jewish holiday of Rejoicing over the Law, on the ninth day of Sukkoth. Also, Simchas Torah, Simchath Torah …   Australian English dictionary

  • Simhat Torah — noun (Judaism) a Jewish holy day celebrated on the 22nd or 23rd of Tishri to celebrate the completion of the annual cycle of readings of the Torah • Syn: ↑Shimchath Torah, ↑Simchat Torah, ↑Simhath Torah, ↑Simchas Torah, ↑Rejoicing over the Law,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Simchas Torah — noun (Judaism) a Jewish holy day celebrated on the 22nd or 23rd of Tishri to celebrate the completion of the annual cycle of readings of the Torah • Syn: ↑Shimchath Torah, ↑Simchat Torah, ↑Simhath Torah, ↑Simhat Torah, ↑Rejoicing over the Law,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • simchath torah — noun see simhath torah * * * /sim khahs tawr euh, tohr euh/; Seph. Heb. /seem khaht taw rddah /; Ashk. Heb. /sim khahs toh rddeuh, toy rddeuh, kheuhs/. See Simhath Torah. Also, Simchat Torah …   Useful english dictionary

  • Sim|chas Torah — «SIHMkhahs, sihm khAHTH», = Simhath Torah. (Cf. ↑Simhath Torah) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Shimchath Torah — noun (Judaism) a Jewish holy day celebrated on the 22nd or 23rd of Tishri to celebrate the completion of the annual cycle of readings of the Torah • Syn: ↑Simchat Torah, ↑Simhath Torah, ↑Simhat Torah, ↑Simchas Torah, ↑Rejoicing over the Law,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Simchat Torah — noun (Judaism) a Jewish holy day celebrated on the 22nd or 23rd of Tishri to celebrate the completion of the annual cycle of readings of the Torah • Syn: ↑Shimchath Torah, ↑Simhath Torah, ↑Simhat Torah, ↑Simchas Torah, ↑Rejoicing over the Law,… …   Useful english dictionary

  • Simchas Torah — noun Etymology: Hebrew śimḥath tōrāh rejoicing of the Torah Date: circa 1878 a Jewish holiday observed on the 23d of Tishri in celebration of the completion of the annual reading of the Torah …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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