Sukkot-Feast of Tabernacles
In this feast we commemorate the 40 years in the dessert after exodus from Egypt. We build a sukkah (booth) resembling the one from long ago, cover its roof with leaves from a palm tree. Sit in it for 7 days and at night look at the same stars our ancestors have, remembering all the wonders God has done in the past and present.
If you join us on this holiday you may notice the tabernacle is decorated with many fruits, this is for the harvest, 4 of these will stand out, those are the 4 species: the etrog (Citron tree), lulav (branch of palm tree), hadass (leaves of myrtle tree) & aravah (leaves of willow tree). Each of these has a symbolic significance and during sukkot with these each day is a ceremony performed.
Sukkot is one of the three high holidays from the bible, during which it was custom to ascend to the temple in Jerusalem. It was this holiday that brought the people back together after the distraction of the first temple, during this holiday Nehemiah and Ezra renewed the laws that would shape and help form the first century Jew returning from diaspora both in spirit and perception. During this holiday the high priest would perform prayers that would bless the rains to come, even back then each drop counted and so, may each drop of your tears and sweat count and be refreshed by new rain and bring harvest in the year to come. Just like Yeshua the Messiah did for us.
Yom Kippur, also known as the most important fast of the year. During the ten days leading up to the fast it is custom to ask for forgiveness for the sins of the past year. Those days are called Aseret Yemei Teshuva also known as 10 days of repentance. The first being the last day of Rosh Hashanah and 10th the day of Yom Kippur. It is a tradition to have a dinner on the evening of this fast and one after it is done. We do this to repent and that our names will be in the book of life, however lets not forget to repent during the other days between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur, the other 385.
G’mar Chatima Tova, May you be inscribed in the book of life.
Rosh HaShanah, signifies the beginning of the Jewish New Year. It is custom to celebrate this holiday by dipping sliced apples into honey-so that the year ahead may be sweet. Another custom is eating pomegranates, in order that our fortunes may increase to many as the pomegranates seeds. Rosh HaShanah does bring newness and joy into the homes of many. You can practically feel it in the air. It is celebrated usually after August-Elul the hottest month in Israel, the heat is almost no more and new wind can be felt through the land. People greeting each other on the streets with “Shanah Tova-Happy New Year” and the response that usually follows “U’Metuka-and Sweet” can be heard and are music to our ears.
More holidays to follow soon