55 Simchat Torah

 שִׂמְחַת תורָה

Simchat Torah

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Oct. 11, 2020

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Simchat Torah ( Hebrew: שִׂמְחַת תורָה, lit., "Rejoicing with/of the Torah,") is a celebration marking the conclusion of the annual cycle of public Torah readings, and the beginning of a new cycle. Simchat Torah is a component of the Biblical Jewish holiday of Sh’mini Atzeret ("Eighth Day of Assembly"), which follows immediately after the festival of Sukkot.

The Torah (Word) is the Way “Teach them the statutes and the Torah, and make known to them the way in which they are to walk and the work they are to do.”  (Exodus 18:20; see also Psalm 119:1)

The Torah (the Word) is Truth “Your righteousness is everlasting and your Torah is true.”  (Psalm 119:142)

The Torah (the Word) is Life “The Torah (teaching and Instructions) of the wise is a fountain of life, turning a person from the snares of death.”  (Proverbs 13:14; see also Deuteronomy 32:47)

The Torah is Yeshua! “I am the Way and the Truth and the Life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.”  (John 14:6) In fact, whenever Yeshua refers to Himself as “I” we could replace it with “Torah” because they are one just as Father God and Yeshua are one.

“Oh, how I love Your Torah; It is my meditation all the day.  You through Your commandments, have made me wiser than my enemies. …  Your Word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.”  (Psalm 119:97–98, 105)