Sukkot

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As soon as the solemn day of Yom Kippur has been celebrated, every Jew looks forward to this feast. This feast is a great occasion of remembrance and of gratitude. Sukkot is a time for everyone to be invited [even strangers] and for them to encounter the love of God. According to Jewish Ancient teachings, “the only true joy is shared joy.”

On every day of the holiday of Sukkot (with the exception of the Jewish Shabbat) there’s a mitzvah or commandment to take the “Four Kinds” – a lulav [the fresh green middle leaf of the date palm frond which is the leaf extending from the top of the lulav’s spine], an etrog [citron fruit that is not of a hybrid quality but which is purebred and with nothing missing on its rind], at least three hadassim [myrtle branches with leaves protruding from the stem in sets of three or more] and two arvot [river willow branches with leaves that are fresh and that are trimmed from the bottom and never from the top], according to Lev.23: 40. For seven days a Sukkah or a booth covered with raw, unfinished vegetation is erected on any location under the open sky and Israelite families dwell in them to fulfill Lev.23: 42, 43.

Although this feast is about remembrance, it also has a prophetic meaning. The seven days of living in booths envision Olam Haba, the world to come, and the millennial reign of Jesus on earth when our Lord will “tabernacle” with us during His reign from Zion. This explains why this feast is the only one that the Bible describes as being commanded for all nations. [Zech.14: 6 – 9]

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