Simchat Torah

stuffed cigars

Stuffed Cigars

This year, Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah begins on the evening of October 15 and lasts through October 17. On Simchat Torah it is customary to eat foods that are rolled, just like the Torah. Try this recipe for crispy phyllo dough wrapped around a savory potato feta filling.

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Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah 101

Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah 101

Brush up on the basics of Simchat Torah and Shemini Atzeret.

Shemini Atzeret Development

Not quite Sukkot, not quite its own holiday.

Development of Simchat Torah

A new identity for the second day of Shemini Atzeret.

In the Community

Public and communal celebrations of Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah.

Themes & Theology

God's way to retain closeness with the Jewish people for a little while longer.


Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

A timeless traditional treat for Simchat Torah.

Vegetarian Stuffed Cabbage

A Simchat Torah special.

Stuffed Cigars

A tasty dish for Simchat Torah.

Caramel Apples

A quick, easy, and tasty recipe.

Traditions & Rituals

Evening Service

Evening Service

A time to dance with the Torah.

Morning Service

Ending--and beginning--the Torah cycle.

The Prayer for Rain

Connecting physical and spiritual needs.

Torah Service

Special ceremonies for ending and beginning the Torah cycle.

Attah Horeita

A prayer recited only on Simchat Torah.




What's the history of these two exciting holidays that bring the fall festivals to a close?

Shemini Atzeret: A Joyous Encore

Rejoicing to prove a point.

Ending the Holiday Cycle

The end of the fall holiday season looks forward to redemption.

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