Simcha Torah

Simchat Torah means "Rejoicing in the Torah." It marks the end of the annual cycle of weekly Torah (Old Testament) readings. Each week in synagogue we read a few chapters from the Torah, starting with Genesis
and working our way around to the end of Deuteronomy. On Simchat Torah, we read the last Torah portion and then we read the first portion straight away. This is to remind us that the Torah is a circle, and never ends.

The ending and beginning of the Torah readings are a time to celebrate. People go around the synagogue carrying the Torah scrolls, singing and dancing. As many people as possible are given the honour of carrying a
Torah scroll around the synagogue. They are carried around the synagogue seven times.