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Simchat Torah - Celebrating the Scriptures

Written by Leon Clymer on . Posted in Sukkot

The signature of this holiday is JOY! Characterized by singing, hand clapping, and dancing, Simchat Torah marks the annual completion of the public reading of the Torah (the five books of Moses).

In New Testament times, the custom of public reading of the Torah was well established. (Acts 13:15, 15:21, 2 Corinthians 3:14-15). Simchat Torah is observed on the 23rd day of Tishri, immediately following the Feast of Sukkot. In Israel, the holiday is observed on the last day of Sukkot and is called, Sh ‘mini Atzeret (Eighth Day of Assembly).

Many scholars believe that Yeshua, the Messiah, was born on Sukkot because of the evidence presented in the first chapter of Luke. In the second chapter of Luke, verse 21, the scriptures tell us the infant Yeshua was circumcised on the eighth day.

Could it be that the Messiah was born on the first day of Sukkot and dedicated on Sh'mini Atzeret, the eighth day? These miraculous events add to our JOY in celebrating Simchat Torah - the giving of the Living Torah as well as the written Torah.