Simchas Torah (literally “Rejoicing of the Torah”) immediately follows the week-long Succos festival. On this day, we carry the Torah scrolls and dance for hours around the bima (the platform where the Torah is read) — celebrating the completion of the yearly cycle of Torah readings, and the beginning of a new cycle. A mainstay of this celebration is the singing of traditional songs — again and again, as we dance around the bima. This page contains the text and audio of 32 of the most popular melodies.[audio:http://www.toraschaimdallas.org/wp-content/files/Simchat_Torah_Songs.mp3]
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A note about pronunciation: There are two significant differences between classic Ashkenazi pronunciation, and Sefardi pronunciation (familiar as modern spoken Hebrew). In the transliterations below, Ashkenazi pronunciation follows these rules:
Ã¥ is pronounced like the first syllable in awesome.
t (underlined) is pronounced like the letter S.