''Simcha'' ( he|שִׂמְחָה ; , ) is a Hebrew
word that means gladness, or joy, and is often used as a given name
The concept of simcha is an important one in Jewish philosophy. A popular teaching by Rabbi Nachman of Breslov
, a 19th-century Chassidic Rabbi, is "''Mitzvah Gedolah Le'hiyot Besimcha Tamid''," it is a great mitzvah
(commandment) to always be in a state of happiness. When a person is happy one is much more capable of serving God and going about one's daily activities than when depressed or upset.
s often use ''simcha'' in its capacity as a Hebrew
noun meaning festive occasion. The term is used for any happy occasion, such as a wedding, Bar Mitzvah
The day of Simchat Torah
, "Rejoice in the Law", marks the completion and beginning of the annual cycle of reading the Torah.
Simcha is also the name of a kosher beer
. It was also a slang term used in Jewish-American organized crime
circles to refer to a pimp
.Free-wheeling U.S. spirit stoked gangsters, prof says
Jewish Bulletin of Northern California, December 4, 1998
Simcha is also used as a given name, for men or women. In the Ashkenazi Jewish tradition, the name Simcha is most likely to be used for a boy, while in the Sephardic/Israeli tradition it would be a girl's name.
*Religion and happiness
*Happiness in Judaism
"Simcha Blisters" article about Jewish attitude of accountability to experience Simcha
"Simcha" - Jewish music from New Zealand
SimchaMaker - Simcha Productions in Israel
"SimchaHappens" - a blog by an individual embracing simcha
"The South Coast Simcha Band" - A klezmer and Yiddish band in southern California
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