Simchat Torah 2017: When Is Simchat Torah? Dates & Details 🗓

What day is Simchat Torah on? Simchat Torah 2017 is observed on a Friday in October. In 2016, it was on a Tuesday and Simchat Torah in 2018 is on Tuesday, October 2, 2018.

Countdown to Simchat Torah 2017 date is below, plus holiday history, activities, facts, details, and upcoming public holidays.

Many Jewish communities in the United States celebrate Shemini Atzeret (or Shmini Atzeret) and Simchat Torah. Shemini Atzeret is a Jewish holiday dedicated to the love of God. Simchat Torah marks the end of the Sukkot (or Sukkoth) festival.

When is Simchat Torah 2017? This year Simchat Torah is on Friday, October 13, 2017.

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Simchat Torah (Simchas Torah or Simhat Torah) is a Jewish holiday that marks the end of Sukkot and celebrates the completion of the annual reading of the Torah.

Below you will find all the details for Simchat Torah 2017 including, are banks open, is there mail delivery and related holiday information.

Is Simchat Torah a federal holiday?

No, Simchat Torah is not a federal holiday. There are ten annual US federal holidays on the calendar designated by the United States Congress. The following federal holidays are established by law:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. (Third Monday in January).
  • Washington’s Birthday (Third Monday in February)
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4)
  • Labor Day (First Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (Second Monday in October)
  • Veterans Day (November 11)
  • Thanksgiving Day (Fourth Thursday in November)
  • Christmas Day (December 25)

Is Simchat Torah a national holiday?

Many Jewish communities in the United States observe Shemini Atzeret on one day and Simchat Torah on the following day. These days are not nationwide public holidays in the USA but some Jewish organizations may be closed or offer a limited service to allow for festivities to occur on this day. Simchat Torah is not a national holiday. Unlike many other countries, there are no ‘national holidays’ in the United States because Congress only has constitutional authority to create holidays for federal institutions. Most federal holidays are also observered as state holidays.

Is Simchat Torah a paid holiday?

The answer depends on your employer. The Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) does not require payment for time not worked, such as vacations or holidays (federal or otherwise).


Does the mail run on Simchat Torah?

Yes, there will be mail delivery on Simchat Torah. All post offices and federal offices of any kind will be open for the holiday, which means businesses and homes will receive mail. This also counts USPS and Fedex packages. See holiday schedule on USPS and Fedex. The only time mail is not being delivered is on federal holidays, which are listed above.

Are banks open on Simchat Torah?

Simchat Torah is a Jewish holiday, which means all federal offices, courts and most banks will be open. While most banks are open, some banks can operate on their own schedules, so it may be best to check with your local branches. U.S. stock and bond markets like the New York Stock Exchange and NASDAQ will be open. Grocery stores and malls are reportedly open.

If your bank is closed, it is still possible to conduct general banking transactions via ATM, online banking or your mobile phone. Apps and websites are running though not all normal functions may be accessed for the holiday.

Are stores open on Simchat Torah?

On Simchat Torah, most stores, restaurants, shopping centers, and malls are open. There are no holidays on which all businesses are closed by law. However, some stores may have shortened or extended holiday hours for the day. Stores may be operating on holiday schedule with limited or reduced hours of operation. Some businesses may be closed on in order to give their employees the day off. For restaurants, stores and other establishments specific to your area, you will have to check with the individual business.

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Simchat Torah 2017

Holiday: Simchat Torah
Date: October 13, 2017
Weekday: Friday
Holiday Type: Jewish holiday
Presidents Day 2018: Tuesday, October 2, 2018
Presidents Day 2019: Tuesday, October 22, 2019
Presidents Day 2020: Sunday, October 11, 2020

History & Origin

The name “Shmini Atzeret” refers to the eighth day, or the extra day, that brings the seven-day Sukkot period to its state of perfection. Rabbinic tradition teaches that Shemini Atzeret is the day when the world is judged for water, or rainfall, in the upcoming year. It is an important day for agricultural purposes.

Simchat Torah is generally celebrated on the same day as Shemini Atzeret in Israel and among Reform Jewish groups. These two occasions are also observed as two separate days among many Jewish communities outside of Israel.1111

How To Celebrate Simchat Torah

Simchat Torah is a joyous event. Central rituals for Simchat Torah include reading the Torah by concluding the Book of Deuteronomy and beginning the Book of Genesis. Other activities include performing the hakafot (dancing with the Torah) around the synagogue bimah (elevated area or platform in a Jewish synagogue). Synagogues in cities such as Philadelphia have, in the past, held song and dance events to mark Simchat Torah.

How To Say Simchat Torah in:

Spanish: Simchat Torah
Norwegian: Simchat tora
German: Simchat Torah

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