Simchat Torah for the year 2026 is celebrated/ observed on sundown of Saturday, October 3rd ending at sundown on Sunday, October 4.
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 2026
Saturday, October 3rd is day number 276 of the 2026 calendar year with 3 years, 11 months, 29 days until Simchat Torah 2026.
|Name(s):||Simchat Torah, Simhat Torah, Simchas Torah, Rejoicing with the Torah|
|When:||22nd of Tishrei(Israel) 23rd Tishrei(outside Israel) in Hebrew Calendar|
Dates for Simchat Torah
|Holiday||Date||Days to Go|
|Simchat Torah 2021||Wednesday, September 29, 2021||-370|
|Simchat Torah 2022||Tuesday, October 18, 2022||14|
|Simchat Torah 2023||Saturday, October 07, 2023||368|
|Simchat Torah 2024||Friday, October 25, 2024||752|
|Simchat Torah 2025||Wednesday, October 15, 2025||1107|
|Simchat Torah 2026||Sunday, October 04, 2026||1461|