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