Praying on Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) toward the Temple Mount
where the Holy Temple stood in Yeshua's day in Jerusalem.
Happy Sukkot, Hans!
"On the fifteenth day of the seventh month the
Lord’s Feast of Tabernacles begins, and it lasts for
seven days. The first day is a sacred assembly; do no regular work.
For seven days
present offerings made to the Lord by fire, and on the
eighth day hold a sacred assembly and present an offering made to the
Lord by fire. It is the closing assembly; do no regular work." (Leviticus 23:34–36)
Tonight starts the first day of the weeklong Festival
of Sukkot (Tabernacles).
Here in Israel and around the world, the Jewish People are
spending time in the sukkot (plural of sukkah) that they built when Yom
Kippur ended just days ago.
This holiday is a pilgrimage festival linked to the harvest,
so it is also known as Chag HaAsif (Festival
of Ingathering). In ancient times, every Israelite went up to
Jerusalem to celebrate Sukkot at the Temple.
Sukkot are everywhere in Israel right now. It's such
a sight to see! You find
them on balconies and verandas, in alleys, and even beside pools.
eat their meals in the sukkah. Some also host a sukkah party
there during the Feast.
Sukkot is also a commemoration of the 40 years that Israel
wandered in the wilderness and lived in temporary dwellings following the
exodus from Egypt.
"Live in booths [sukkot] for
seven days: All native-born Israelites are to live in booths so
your descendants will know that I had the Israelites live in booths when
I brought them out of Egypt.'" (Leviticus 23:42–43)
This holiday is a very joyous one, so much so that it is
also called Z'man Simchateinu, the Season of
"On the first day you are to take choice fruit from
the trees, and palm
fronds, leafy branches and poplars, and rejoice before the Lord your God
for seven days." (Leviticus 23:40, see also Nehemiah 8:15)
A Jewish man faces east toward Jerusalem and prays while
the lulav and the etrog in his sukkah. The etrog (in
the left hand) and
lulav (in the right hand) are held together in the
and waved or shook toward the east, south, west, and
While one of the main observances of this holiday is
spending time in the sukkah, the lulav (a
bundle of date palm fond, myrtle, and willow) and anetrog (a deliciously fragrant
lemon-like citrus) are also waved before the Lord.
When the Temple stood, this waving ceremony was performed on
all seven days of Sukkot at the Holy Temple.
Sukkot, which follows right after Rosh
HaShanah (Day of Judgment) and Yom
Kippur (the day the judgment is sealed), represents renewed fellowship with
Since the etrog (citron) is used in a religious ceremony,
it must be
absolutely perfect. Great care and delight is taken
in finding one
that is perfectly formed, beautiful, and without blemish.
We all look forward to the future fulfillment of this Day of Ingathering when
the Jewish People are gathered and Messiah will reign on the earth (Isaiah 27:12–13;
At that time, the Bible says, the nations will come before
the Lord during the Feast of Sukkot to worship Him in Jerusalem.
"Then the survivors from all
the nations that have attacked Jerusalem will go up year after year to worship the King, the
Lord Almighty, and to celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles." (Zechariah 14:16)
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Chag Sameach (Happy Holiday)
from the entire Bibles
For Israel staff...
We wish you happiness and joy Hans
during this Season of Our Rejoicing!