Simchat Torah

Rejoicing in the Torah also known as “Simchat Torah” is time where we will rejoice in His word. This joyous night is filled with laughter, dancing and singing. We will also be having a special Shemini Atzeret prayer service in the prayer garden toward the end of service. We encourage everyone to bring your tallits and prayers on a paper for the wall.

There is a lesson in Simchat Torah for us. First we must submit ourselves to the discipline of studying the Scriptures and then we can rejoice in the knowledge and comfort they provide us. To put it another way, there is no application without the study of the text. But after we work hard by studying the text, we are given the gift of great joy of knowing the truth of the LORD.

This very idea is clearly re-affirmed in the New Testament (see Hebrews 8:8-11). As Christians, then, we have the greater reason to celebrate Torah, since Yeshua (Jesus) is of course the Central Message of the Torah — its inner meaning and incarnation. He is the Torah made flesh (John 1:14), the faithful Mediator of the New and Better Covenant (Hebrews 8:6), and He writes the Torah within our inward parts and upon our hearts so that we become the people of God (Jeremiah 31:31-34). By means of His sacrificial death, the righteous demands of Torah are fully satisfied, and the LORD is glorified as both just and merciful (i.e., the justifier of those who put their trust in Him).