Shemini Atzeret & Simchat Torah

unrolled Torah with woman looking while holding it

Some communities celebrate Shemini Atzeret and Simchat Torah on two separate days; in other communities they are combined. Either way, this grand finale to the fall holiday season comes with a wide array of themes and practices. It culminates with a raucous celebration of Jewish learning and Jewish community, as we dance with the Torah scrollsand read both the end and the beginning of the Torah on the very same day.