Wednesday September 30, 2020

Simchat Torah 2020

Children reading the scrolls.
October 2020
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Simchat Torah
Sunday October 11
11 days


Columbus Day
Monday October 12
12 days


Halloween Day
Saturday October 31
1 month, 1 day

Simchat Torah for the year 2020 is celebrated/ observed on sundown of Saturday, October 10th ending at sundown on Sunday, October 11.

Simchat Torah which means rejoicing with the Torah on the Hebrew calendar falls on 22 Tishrei (Israel) and 23 Tishrei (outside Israel). In Israel many will celebrate both Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah on the same day which happens to follow directly after the seven day holiday of Sukkot. Outside Israel many Jews will celebrate Simchat Torah the day after Shemini Atzeret is celebrated thus celebrated on 23 Tishrei.

Why do Jewish holidays start at nighttime?

According to the Torah, the story of creation in Genesis says “And it was evening, and it was morning day one”, “And it was evening, and it was morning; the second day”, thus night comes before day. So for the Jewish calendar all days begin at nightfall and end the next day at nightfall including holidays.

Days to the start of Simchat Torah 2020

Sunday, October 11th is day number 285 of the 2020 calendar year with 11 days until Simchat Torah 2020.

Simchat Torah
Name(s):Simchat Torah, Simhat Torah, Simchas Torah, Rejoicing with the Torah
Type:Observance, Jewish
When:22nd of Tishrei(Isreal) 23rd Tishrei(outside Isreal) in Hebrew Calendar

Dates for Simchat Torah

HolidayDateDays to Go
Simchat Torah 2019 Tuesday, October 22, 2019 -344
Simchat Torah 2020 Sunday, October 11, 2020 11
Simchat Torah 2021 Wednesday, September 29, 2021 364
Simchat Torah 2022 Tuesday, October 18, 2022 748
Simchat Torah 2023 Saturday, October 07, 2023 1102
Simchat Torah 2024 Friday, October 25, 2024 1486