SUKKOT - FEAST OF TABERNACLES OR BOOTHS
BAT ZION SUKKOT SERVICES
EREV SUKKOT WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 4TH 7:00 PM
8TH DAY CELEBRATION WEDNESDAY OCTOBER 11TH 7:00 PM
Beginning five days after Yom Kippur, Sukkot is named after the booths or huts (Sukkot in Hebrew) in which Jews are supposed to dwell during this week-long celebration. According to rabbinic tradition, these Sukkah’s represent the huts in which the Israelites dwelt during their 40 years of wandering in the desert after escaping from slavery in Egypt. The festival of Sukkot is one of the three great pilgrimage festivals of the Jewish year.
For forty years, as our ancestors traversed the Sinai Desert, following the Exodus from Egypt, miraculous “clouds of glory”surrounded and hovered over them, shielding them from the dangers and discomforts of the desert. Ever since, we remember G‑d‘s kindness and reaffirm our trust in His providence by dwelling in a sukkah–a hut of temporary construction with a roof covering of branches–for the duration of the Sukkot festival. For seven days and nights, many eat all their meals in the sukkah and otherwise regard it as our home.
Another Sukkot observance is the taking of the Four Kinds: an etrog(citron), a lulav (palm frond), three hadassim (myrtle twigs) and two aravot(willow twigs). On each day of the festival (excepting Shabbat), we take the Four Kinds, recite a blessing over them, bring them together in our hands and wave them in all six directions: right, left, forward, up, down and backward. Our sages in the midrash tell us that the Four Kinds represent the various types and personalities that comprise the community of Israel,whose intrinsic unity we emphasize on Sukkot.
This is a joyous feast and we encourage you take part!