Sukkot is one of my favorite holidays – the autumn leaves turn beautiful colors, the air is crisp and we spend time outdoors in our sukkah to reconnect with nature. Sukkot is like the “Jewish Thanksgiving”, celebrating the harvest and expressing our thankfulness.
The sukkah is our temporary home during the 8-day holiday. It reminds us of our ancestors’ 40 years of wandering in the desert after leaving Egypt before arriving in Israel. It is also where Jewish farmers slept during the harvest season in Biblical times.
Spending time in a sukkah reminds us how fragile life is and how dependent we are on nature. Through celebrating Sukkot, I am filled with a new appreciation for my home, with its solid walls, roof and doors to keep out the wind and rain.
I am also reminded of the home we share in our synagogue building. I am thankful that we have such a beautiful building for our Ahavas Israel community. Our congregation is not defined by our building, but I am thankful for it, as we gather together to celebrate Jewish life throughout the year.
Come and join us on Sukkot. Spend some time in our synagogue sukkah. Bring a picnic lunch or dinner and enjoy reconnecting to nature. Join us for Sukkot services to shake the lulav and etrog. Let Sukkot remind you of the beauty of nature and our place in it.
Wishing you a Chag Sameach, a Happy Sukkot!