At last comes the most joyous day of all - the day of Simchat Torah rejoicing with the Torah.

After the evening prayer and Kiddush in the synagogue, the hakafot are performed by reciting several verses out loud, and taking out all the Torah scrolls from the ark, which are then carried around the Bimah in seven circuits (hakafot).

Every one receives the honor of carrying the Torah. In between the hakafot, singing and dancing with the Torah is the order of the day. The little boys and girls also join in the celebration and rejoicing, and accompany the procession around the Bimah carrying their Simchat Torah banners with a burning candle at the top. Some of these banners are very elaborate, with miniature arks that open and close, and illustrated with pictures of Moses and Aaron and David, all rejoicing with the Torah.

The hakafot are repeated again during the morning service, with the same degree of rejoicing. After the hakafot three scrolls are taken from the ark for reading. In the first, the last portion of the Torah Vezoth Haberacha is read and re-read many times until every one has been called up to the Torah. Then boys who are not yet Bar-mitzvah are called up jointly with a distinguished member of the shul (Im kol hanearim — with all the boys). Thereupon the blessing Hamalach hagoel (the angel who redeems) with which Jacob blessed Joseph's children, is said on behalf of the boys.

For the concluding portion a distinguished member is called up, and he is called "Bridegroom of the Torah." Another distinguished member is called up for the first portion of Genesis, which is read in the second Torah scroll. He is called "Bridegroom of Genesis." Finally the final portion is called up and the portion is read in the third scroll of the Torah, the Haftorah itself being taken from the first chapter of Joshua, Moses' successor.

Thus, the reading of the Torah goes on portion by portion throughout the year, throughout the ages, in everlasting cycles. The Torah is concluded on simchat Torah, but it is also immediately started again from the beginning. This shows that there is no end to the Torah and that it must be read and studied constantly, over and over again. For the Torah, like G‑d Himself who gave it to us, is everlasting. By observing it, our people Israel forms the third link in the eternal union between G‑d, the Torah and Israel.