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Simcha (Hebrew: שִׂמְחָה‬ śimḥāʰ; Hebrew pronunciation: [simˈχa], Yiddish pronunciation: [ˈsɪmχə]) is a Hebrew
Hebrew
word that means gladness, or joy, and is often used as a given name.

Contents

1 Uses

1.1 Holidays 1.2 Other uses

2 Name 3 See also 4 References 5 External links

Uses[edit] Main article: Happiness in Judaism 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 they are much more capable of serving God and going about their daily activities than when depressed or upset.[1] Jews often use simcha in its capacity as a Hebrew
Hebrew
and Yiddish
Yiddish
noun meaning festive occasion. The term is used for any happy occasion, such as a wedding, Bar Mitzvah, Brit Milah
Brit Milah
or engagement. Holidays[edit] The day of Simchat Torah, "Rejoice in the Law", which marks the completion and beginning of the annual cycle of reading the Torah. Other uses[edit] Simcha is also the name of a kosher beer from Saxony, Germany.[2] It was also a slang term used in Jewish-American organized crime
Jewish-American organized crime
circles to refer to a pimp.[3] Name[edit] Simcha is also used as a given name, for men or women. In the Ashkenazi
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. See also[edit]

Religion and happiness Happiness in Judaism

References[edit]

^ Likutei MoHaran ^ Simcha - Koscheres Bier aus Sachsen ^ Free-wheeling U.S. spirit stoked gangsters, prof says, Jewish Bulletin of Northern California, December 4, 1998

External links[edit]

" 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
Yiddish
band in southern California

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