Wednesday May 31, 2023

Simchat Torah 2026

Children reading the scrolls.
October 2026
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Simchat Torah
Saturday October 3
3 years, 4 months, 2 days
or 1221 days


Columbus Day
Monday October 12
3 years, 4 months, 11 days
or 1230 days


Halloween Day
Saturday October 31
3 years, 5 months
or 1249 days

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, 4 months, 2 days until Simchat Torah 2026.

Simchat Torah
Name(s):Simchat Torah, Simhat Torah, Simchas Torah, Rejoicing with the Torah
Type:Observance, Jewish
When:22nd of Tishrei(Israel) 23rd Tishrei(outside Israel) in Hebrew Calendar

Dates for Simchat Torah

HolidayDateDays to Go
Simchat Torah 2022 Tuesday, October 18, 2022 -225
Simchat Torah 2023 Saturday, October 07, 2023 129
Simchat Torah 2024 Friday, October 25, 2024 513
Simchat Torah 2025 Wednesday, October 15, 2025 868
Simchat Torah 2026 Sunday, October 04, 2026 1222
Simchat Torah 2027 Sunday, October 24, 2027 1607