15.10.2011 17.Tischrei. 5772 Chol Hamo'ed 1
'Ye shall keep the feast of the Lord seven days; on the first day shall be a solemn rest, and on the eighth day shall be a solemn rest’ (Leviticus).
The joyous and ritually rich festival of Succot comes on the heels of Yom Kippur, the day of atonement, forgiveness and purity.
Now that we have hopefully been forgiven for our transgressions, we begin afresh with a clean slate.
It’s certainly a wonderful feeling to start off the new year with festive days of familial and communal togetherness.
We celebrate by eating our meals in colorfully decorated succot which remind us of God’s protection in the desert. Our prayers in the synagogue are punctuated by the waving of the Four Species, by which we thank God for His agricultural bounty….