Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Chag Sukkot Sameach

Enjoying decorating the sukkah
The Feast of Tabernacles, or Sukkot, follows Yom Kippur, and is a time of great rejoicing. 

In Leviticus 23:33 - 44, The L-rd commands us to observe this Feast in remembrance of  the wilderness experience of the children of Israel.  Sukkot in Hebrew means "booths".   During this Feast, we reflect on the 40 year journey of the children of Israel from Egypt to the Promised Land.  Most people think they lived in tents during the journey, but actually, they built shelters of tree trunks and branches, called booths.  (Click the link to learn more about Sukkot)

This year, for the first time, we built our sukkah inside the synagogue.  It worked out well, and everyone enjoyed decorating it and sitting in it...even though we had to look through to window to see the stars. Sometimes, you just have to go to Plan B, right?

Our grandson helped us build the sukkah and we had so much fun with him.  We taught him to say, "We build the sukkah to remember that G-d takes care of us."  He is so sweet.
Helping PawPaw tie on the fruit and vegetables
G-d gives us vegetables! 

Dancing the hora!

Waving the lulav


This year's celebration was enjoyed by all - we decorated, we danced and worshipped, we ate (of course), and we shared stories of how Hashem has provided for us over the past year. 

We are looking forward to Simchat Torah on Friday evening.  Rejoicing in the Torah - YES!

Here is video about Sukkot in Israel - Enjoy!

1 comment:

  1. A beautiful tradition and remembrance of protection. Thanks for showing these photos!