#106 Simcha: Joy and Happiness

#106 Simcha: Joy and Happiness

barmitzvah danceIn this lesson you will study the Jewish way of simcha – joy and happiness! “Simcha” can mean a special occasion or ceremony, as in – “Congratulations on your simcha (i.e., Bat Mitzvah or Wedding).” Simcha can also mean joy and happiness, which is a way of being in the world. This lesson will focus on simcha as joy and happiness for, “Happy are those that dwell in God’s house.”


“Light is sown for the righteous, and for the just of heart, happiness. – Psalm 97:11 “A joyful heart makes for good health; feeling sad dries up the bones.” – Proverbs 17:22 “The Torah is a tree of life to those who hold it fast and all who uphold it are happy. It’s ways of ways of goodness and all it’s paths are peace.” -Proverbs 3:17-18

#2. WATCH – Kids Discuss What Happiness is to Them


I call heaven and earth to witness that all people who eat of their own, and who enjoy the fruits of their own labor, and who are not supported by the community, belong to the class who are called happy, as it says, “if you eat the fruit of your hands, you are happy (psalm 128:2)” -Tanna de Be Eliyahu”

#4: WATCH – How to Build a Fishing Pole Using a Stick: Fishing 101 IMG_1579There is a famous saying: “Give a man a fish, he eats for a day. Teach a man to fish, he eats for a lifetime.” Being self-sufficient is a great way to learn skills, be independent and to find joy in the little things in life. (that’s our classmate Jack and a BIG FISH that he caught. Nice!)

#5 STUDY THIS:  kids-dancing-imageThe great hassidic sage Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav once said, “Through dancing and the movements you make with your body, you awaken joy within yourself.” – Sefer ha-Middot Simcha #8



#6 WATCH THIS – And Just Be HAPPY!

1. What is the Hebrew word for “joy” or “happiness?”
2. Who would you consider to be one of the most joyful or happy people that you know?
3. Do you consider yourself to have simcha? When and where and why?
4. How can you increase the simcha in somebody else’s life? In your own?
5. Is there a relationship between self-sufficiency and happiness?

Need some help? We’re here for you. At any time, if you have any questions, please contact one of our teachers so we can help you. Also, at the end of the session, remember to review your responses in your Tamid Workbook so you can get credit for this lesson. Behatzlacha (Hebrew for good luck)! You can reach us at (646)360-0689 or connect@tamidnyc.org