Simchat Torah—Yearly Reading Plan (2022)

The Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah celebrates the end of the yearly cycle of weekly Torah reading and the beginning of a new cycle.

Simchat Torah is translated as “The Joy of the Torah” or “Rejoicing the Torah”.

It is the eighth day following the seven day holiday of the Feast of Tabernacles—Sukkot; therefore, it is also called Shmini Atzerert which means eighth day assembly.

Leviticus 23:34-36 (KJV)

34 Speak unto the children of Israel, saying, The fifteenth day of this seventh month shall be the feast of tabernacles for seven days unto the LORD. 35 On the first day shall be an holy convocation: ye shall do no servile work therein. 36 Seven days ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: on the eighth day shall be an holy convocation unto you; and ye shall offer an offering made by fire unto the LORD: it is a solemn assembly; and ye shall do no servile work therein.

The Torah is divided into 54 weekly portions—Parashat HaShavua. Every Sabbath in the synagogue, a portion of the Torah is read.

On the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah the yearly cycle of weekly Torah reading is completed and a new cycle commences.

The last chapter of Deuteronomy is read and the yearly cycle starts anew with Genesis 1:1 - “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (More on this here)

It’s a great idea to follow a reading plan if you have a desire to read the Bible daily

Of course, we have the liberty to read what we are led to read; however, a reading plan gives structure to our reading and broadens our scope.

M’Cheyne Yearly Reading Plan: 4-5 chapters a day

A couple of weeks ago I completed and started a new cycle of my M’CHEYNE yearly reading plan.

Over the course of a year—reading 4-5 chapters daily— the M’CHEYNE reading plan will get you through the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament) once and twice through the New Testament and Psalms.

This app is very helpful and really helps keeps me on track.

Obviously if you would like to read more, you can add to your reading plan and this will give you a broader, more coherent and comprehensive perspective on the whole Bible.

The Bible is compromised of sixty-six books written over a period of 1600 years by 40 different writers.

I find that when I relate to the various sections separately, it is easier for me to understand the whole and it helps me create a cross-reference in real time while I am reading. I’ll read a prophecy in the prophet Isaiah and then I’ll see the fulfilment of this prophecy in Matthew.

These are the sections and individual books of the Bible that I read in rotation throughout the year in addition to my M’CHEYNE reading plan. If my partition overlaps with my M’CHEYNE reading plan, I don’t read that book twice.

Simchat Torah—Yearly Reading Plan (2)
(Video) Simchat Torah Celebrations | NirisEye | Shemini Atzeret

The Bible divided into related sections


There are 31 proverbs which makes it convenient to read one proverb each day on the corresponding day of each month throughout the year.

  • Psalms

  • Job, Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs

  • From Matthew to John

  • Acts

  • Romans

  • From 1 Corinthians to Philemon

  • Hebrews

  • From James to Jude

  • Revelation

I try to read a chapter a day from each section in addition to my yearly reading plan. I don’t always manage to do that, so I start with my reading plan and then move on to the other sections.

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Reading Plan Progress

I use bookmarks in my Bible app to easily keep track of my reading.

(Video) Simchat Torah 2021 in Jerusalem

I pray that this post is helpful and that you will continue to be blessed by prayerfully reading the Scriptures.

Let’s rejoice that we have not only the Torah, but the whole Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), in addition to the writings of the New Testament.

Let’s remember that until a couple of hundred years ago, the Bible was not even available to the public and that there are those who were excommunicated and even sacrificed their lives to translate the Scriptures from Hebrew, Greek and Latin into English and other languages so that it could be printed and distributed.

Of course, spiritual truths can only be understood correctly by the guidance and revelation of the Holy Spirit who comes to indwell all who are born again from above.

You must be born again. (more here)

John 3:3 (KJV)

3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.

1 Corinthians 2:12-16 (KJV)

12 Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the spirit which is of God; that we might know the things that are freely given to us of God.

13 Which things also we speak, not in the words which man's wisdom teacheth, but which the Holy Ghost teacheth; comparing spiritual things with spiritual. 14 But the natural man receiveth not the things of the Spirit of God: for they are foolishness unto him: neither can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned. 15 But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man. 16 For who hath known the mind of the Lord, that he may instruct him? But we have the mind of Christ.

Here are some helpful Bible apps.

I use Apple devices. For android users, look for the corresponding apps on your android platform.

Link to App for Apple iPhone and iPad

Link to App for Apple iPhone and iPad

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Simchat Torah—Yearly Reading Plan (8)

Link to App for Apple iPhone and iPad

Audio reading of John 3 in Greek

Link to App for Apple iPhone and iPad

(Video) Simchat Torah: “Rejoicing in the Torah”

Audio reading of John 1 in Hebrew

Here is an interesting and encouraging perspective on the Eighth Day.

In previous posts we looked at how the feasts of the Lord teach us about God’s plan of salvation and how Jesus fulfils all these feasts.

The Spring Feasts have been fulfilled

The Feast of the Passover—The Crucifixion

The Feast of Unleavened Bread—Jesus’s burial

The Feast of First Fruits—Jesus’s resurrection

The Feast of Weeks—Pentecost

The Harvest between the spring and fall feasts—The Church Age

The Fall Feasts will be fulfilled beginning with the Rapture

The Feast of Trumpets—The Rapture (more here)

The Day of Atonement—The Great Tribulation

The Feast of Tabernacles—Jesus’s Millennial Kingdom

The Eight Day Feast—A New Heaven and A New Earth

On the Jewish holiday of Simchat Torah, also known as Shmini AtzerertEighth Day Assembly, a new yearly cycle of weekly Torah portion commences with Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Revelation 21:1-2 (KJV)

1 And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. 2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Hebrews 13:14 (KJV)

14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.

Hebrews 11:16 (KJV)

16 But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city.

Revelation 22:20-21 (KJV)

(Video) Israelis Jews in Tel-Aviv celebrate 'Simchat Torah' (Joy of Torah) by dancing with the Torah scrolls

20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

21 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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How long does it take to read the entire Torah? ›

This must be distinguished from the ancient practice, which was to read each seder in serial order regardless of the week of the year, completing the entire Torah in three (or three and a half) years in a linear fashion.

What should I say on Simchat Torah? ›

Some people also like to make Torah shaped cookies for the holidays. What is the proper greeting for Simchat Torah? The greeting for Simchat Torah is simply “Chag Sameach!” (Happy Holiday).

What is prohibited on Simchat Torah? ›

SIMCHAT TORAH – Holy Day. No work, writing, commerce or travel is permitted. CHANUKAH – Festival. There are no prohibitions on this holiday.

Can Jews work on Simchat Torah? ›

Do 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.

What is the person who reads the Torah called? ›

According to Orthodox Judaism, the first oleh (person called to read) is a kohen and the second a levi; the remaining olim are yisr'elim — Jews who are neither kohen nor levi.

Why do Jews read the Torah every week? ›

The origin of the first public Torah readings is found in the Book of Nehemiah, where Ezra the scribe writes about wanting to find a way to ensure the Israelites would not go astray again. This led to the creation of a weekly system to read the portions of the Torah at synagogues.

Can you use electricity on Simchat Torah? ›

Otherwise, using electricity, driving, working, and the other forbidden activities of Shabbat are also forbidden on Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah.

What is the purpose of Simchat Torah? ›

Simchat Torah is one of the most fun days of the Jewish year. We celebrate the completion of our annual cycle of reading the entire Torah in synagogue. After seven “hakafot,” rounds of parading and dancing with the Torah, we read the final passages of the book of Devarim, Deuteronomy.

What does Shavua Tov mean in English? ›

Etymology. From Hebrew שבוע טוב‎ (shavúa tov, “good week”), from Yiddish אַ גוטע וואָך‎ (a gute vokh).

What is forbidden during Sukkot? ›

On these days, much like on Shabbat, most forms of work are to be avoided as a show of reverence to God. Specifically, all activities normally forbidden on Shabbat are also forbidden on the first two days of Sukkot with the exception of cooking, baking, transferring fire, and carrying things around.

Can you use electricity on Sukkot? ›

Technically, the first and last days of Passover and the first day of Sukkot are considered yom tovs, days during which electricity is forbidden and prayer is lengthened; Sukkot has an eighth day, shmini atzeret, tacked on to it that is essentially its own holiday but is often conflated with the Sukkot celebration.

Do you say happy Sukkot? ›

What is the proper greeting for Sukkot? To wish someone a Happy Sukkot, simply say “Chag Sameach!” (Happy Holiday).

Why do Jews dance with the Torah? ›

In Chabad Hasidic thought, the traditional dancing with the Torah allows the Jew to act as the "feet" of the Torah, taking the Torah where it wishes to go, as feet transport the head. This is thought as an act of submission to the will of God as expressed in the dictates of the Torah.

Can you swim on Shavuot? ›

Across Israel, Shavuot is often known as the water holiday. From water balloon fights to water gun battles, swimming, diving and more, the festival – which usually comes just at the start of summer – has long been tied to water-based activities.

What is the difference between Simchat Torah and Shemini Atzeret? ›

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.

How do you kiss the Torah? ›

The custom of Sephardic Jews is to raise a finger toward the ark or Torah and then kiss the finger. This practice is observed by men and women. Men also raise the corner of the tallit toward the ark or Torah, then kiss the tallit. Whatever its origin, the custom of throwing kisses today is a charming, graceful gesture.

Who wrote the Torah? ›

The Talmud holds that the Torah was written by Moses, with the exception of the last eight verses of Deuteronomy, describing his death and burial, being written by Joshua.

How old is the Torah? ›

This manuscript of the Hebrew Bible dates to the year 1008 C.E., so it is a medieval text, but it is the oldest complete textual witness to the Pentateuch. This seems to leave us in a very awkward position: We are dealing with an allegedly 2500-year-old text, but its earliest textual attestation is only 1000 years old.

What religion is the Torah? ›

The Torah has central importance in Jewish life, ritual and belief. Some Jews believe that Moses received the Torah from God at Mount Sinai, whilst others believe that the text was written over a long period of time by multiple authors.

Does the rabbi read the Torah? ›

The Torah scrolls are not directly touched when unfurled on the bimah and a yad (a pointer) is used instead in order to protect the Torah. The reading or chanting is performed by a person who has been trained in this task. However, it may be carried out by the rabbi .

Is the Torah and Tanakh the same? ›

Tanakh, an acronym derived from the names of the three divisions of the Hebrew Bible: Torah (Instruction, or Law, also called the Pentateuch), Neviʾim (Prophets), and Ketuvim (Writings).

Can you flush the toilet on Shabbat? ›

It is virtually unanimous among halachic authorities that one should not flush such a toilet on Shabbat. This is because doing so might be a violation of tzoveiah, the prohibition against coloring a substance or item on Shabbat.

Can you take a shower on Shabbat? ›

37 But only bathing or showering whole or most of the body, even one limb at a time, is forbidden. Partial body washing, i.e., less than half of the body, is permitted with hot water that was heated before Shabbos38.

Why can't Jews turn off lights? ›

Incandescent lights

The overwhelming majority of Orthodox halakhic authorities maintain that turning on an incandescent light on Shabbat violates a Biblical prohibition on "igniting" a fire (Hebrew: הבערה, hav'arah), because the filament becomes glowing hot like a coal.

How do you celebrate Simchat Torah at home? ›

On the evening when Simchat Torah begins, people celebrate by dancing in the streets. Parents hoist kids up on their shoulders, people wave homemade flags, and everyone joyfully celebrates. Download the JKids Radio app to stream holiday-themed music and get your dance on.

Is Simchat Torah part of Sukkot? ›

Coming at the conclusion of Sukkot are the two holidays of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah. In Israel and among liberal Jews they are combined into one holiday on the day after the conclusion of Sukkot.

How do you use the word Simcha? ›

Jews often use simcha in its capacity as a Hebrew and Yiddish noun meaning festive occasion. The term is used for any happy occasion, such as a wedding, Bar Mitzvah or engagement.

How do you respond to Boker Tov? ›

In response, he said, “Boker Or.” “Boker Or” is the typical response when someone says “Boker Tov.” It's general meaning is to wish someone a good morning. The direct translation, however is “Morning of Light.” When saying “Boker Or” you are wishing someone a morning of light.

What does Shana Tova mean in English? ›

Those observing Rosh Hashanah often greet one another with the Hebrew phrase, “shana tova” or “l'shana tova,” meaning “good year” or “for a good year.” According to, this is a “shortened version of the Rosh Hashanah salutation 'L'shanah tovah tikatev v'taihatem' ('May you be inscribed and sealed for a good ...

Can I say Shavua Tov on a Monday? ›

What does Shavua Tov mean? - YouTube

Can Jews work during Sukkot? ›

The first day of Sukkot is kept like the Sabbath so many Jewish people do not engage in certain work activities on this day. The rest of the days during the Sukkot period are days when work is permitted.

What do you wear to Sukkot? ›

During the festival days, no special clothing is worn. The regular holiday and shabbat clothing is worn on the first two and last two days. In the middle 4 days, known as Chol Hamoed, no special clothing at all is worn. Get in the Sukkot mindset.

Why is Sukkot so important? ›

Sukkot commemorates the 40 years the Jewish spent in the desert on their way to the Promised Land after escaping slavery in Egypt. Today, the sukkah is a reminder that only G-d creates a real sense of security and protection.

Can you do laundry during Sukkot? ›

Many tasks such as laundry washing, hair cutting and shaving are to be avoided except in some circumstances. Prayers. Prayers on weekdays during Chol HaMoed are based on the weekday order of prayers, not the festival order of prayers.

Can Jews drive during Sukkot? ›

Motorists are expected to remain in their vehicles while they are under the sukkah, and they should bring their own lulav-etrog set if they choose to observe that commandment.

Can I use a microwave on the Sabbath? ›

Orthodox Jews will all say the same thing: it is prohibited to use the microwave on Shabbat. Turning electrical appliances on and off is forbidden as is cooking. Can a Shabbat observant Jew drive to a synagogue on Shabbat if the nearest one to his house is too far to walk?

Do you eat round challah on Sukkot? ›

Special challah

Some have the custom of continuing to eat circular challah from Rosh Hashana through the holiday of Sukkot. In the Maghreb (Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria) many Jews will simply bake their challah in the shape of "turban challah" year-round.

Why do we say Moadim L Simcha? ›

On the interim days of Passover, also known as Hol Hamoed, Israelis typically greet each other with the Hebrew phrase “Moadim L'simcha” – may your times be happy. What an appropriate message of hope during these days of distance and fear. Hope and happiness.

How do you respond to Chag Sukkot Sameach? ›

To wish someone a Happy Sukkot in Hebrew simply say “Chag Sameach” which means Happy Holiday. You can also say other greetings such as “Moadim l'simcha” which refers to a joyous festive occasion. A common response to this is “Chagim u'zmanim l'sasson”, which translated to “holidays and seasons for rejoicing”.

How long is the Torah in length? ›

The text is written in 264 columns, 42 rows per column, on 157 panels. It is 124 feet long and is approximately 19½ inches tall.

How long does it take to read the whole Talmud? ›

It takes about seven years and five months to read all 2,711 pages. Some 3,000 women of all ages attended their first-ever large celebration for the completion of the Talmud, at a convention center in Jerusalem.

How many times a week is the Torah read? ›

Traditionally, we read from the Torah on Mondays, Thursdays, Saturdays and holidays. Our tradition likens the Torah to water, and the ancient rabbis taught that just as the human body needs water to be nourished; so, too, the Torah nourishes us as Jews, and we should never go three days without it.

How many pages is the Torah? ›

Print length: 640 pages.

Who wrote Torah? ›

The Talmud holds that the Torah was written by Moses, with the exception of the last eight verses of Deuteronomy, describing his death and burial, being written by Joshua.

How much does a Torah cost? ›

The cost of writing a Torah scroll is estimated at USD$30,000 to $100,000. The finished Torah scroll is used during prayer services in a synagogue or other sanctuary, such as that of a yeshiva, rabbinical college, university campus, nursing home, military base, or other institution.

What paper is the Torah written on? ›

The letters are written on specially prepared parchment known as klaf, made from the skin of a kosher animal - goat, cattle, or deer. Image caption, A sofer must know more than 4,000 Judaic laws before he begins writing a Torah Scroll.

What is the difference between the Torah and the Talmud? ›

The Talmud is a record of the rabbinic debates in the 2nd-5th century on the teachings of the Torah, both trying to understand how they apply and seeking answers for the situations they themselves were encountering.

Who wrote the Talmud? ›

Tradition ascribes the compilation of the Babylonian Talmud in its present form to two Babylonian sages, Rav Ashi and Ravina II. Rav Ashi was president of the Sura Academy from 375 to 427. The work begun by Rav Ashi was completed by Ravina, who is traditionally regarded as the final Amoraic expounder.

How often do Jews read the Talmud? ›

Tens of thousands of Jews in Israel and in Jewish communities worldwide will have something to celebrate this Shabbat: the completion of the latest daf yomi (daily page) cycle, during which the Talmud is read, one double page a day, over the course of seven-and-a-half years.

What is the shortest Torah portion? ›

The parashah is the shortest of the weekly Torah portions in the Book of Exodus and is also one of the shortest parashot in the Torah. It is made up of 4,022 Hebrew letters, 1,105 Hebrew words, and 75 verses.

What is the difference between Torah and Haftarah? ›

Only one person reads the haftara portion. This differs from the procedure in Torah reading, wherein the text is divided into anywhere from three to seven portions, which may be read by one person or divided amongst several.

What does Ki Tavo mean? ›

Ki Tavo, Ki Thavo, Ki Tabo, Ki Thabo, or Ki Savo (Hebrew: כִּי-תָבוֹא — Hebrew for "when you enter," the second and third words, and the first distinctive words, in the parashah) is the 50th weekly Torah portion (Hebrew: פָּרָשָׁה, parashah) in the annual Jewish cycle of Torah reading and the seventh in the Book of ...

Are the first 5 books of the Bible the same as the Torah? ›

The meaning of “Torah” is often restricted to signify the first five books of the Hebrew Bible (Old Testament), also called the Law (or the Pentateuch, in Christianity). These are the books traditionally ascribed to Moses, the recipient of the original revelation from God on Mount Sinai.

What is the oldest known Torah? ›

The Bologna Torah Scroll (also known as the University of Bologna Torah Scroll, circa 1155-1225CE) is the world's oldest complete extant Torah scroll. The scroll contains the full text of the five Books of Moses in Hebrew and is kosher.

How old is the first Torah? ›

This week, University of Bologna Professor Mauro Perani announced the results of carbon-14 tests authenticating the scroll's age as roughly 800 years old. The scroll dates to between 1155 and 1225, making it the oldest complete Torah scroll on record.


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