Chag Sukkot Sameach!

בסכת תשבו שבעת ימים כל האזרח בישראל ישבו בסכת למען ידעו דרתיכם כי בסכת הושבתי את בני ישראל בהוציאי אותם מארץ מצרים אני ה אל-בני ישראל

“You shall dwell in booths for a seven-day period; every native in Israel shall dwell in booths. So that your generations will know that I caused the Children of Israel to dwell in booths when I took them from the land of Egypt; I am HASHEM, your God.”

Leviticus 23, 42-43

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Our Sukkah is up.

We have made decorations and hung them.

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We have invited guests to come and celebrate with us, to sit in our sukkah, to dwell in our booth with us.

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We have cleaned, shopped, cooked and baked. Chicken soup with matza balls, home-made challot, beef brisket marinated in red wine, crisp potato-vedges with rosemary, green salad with pomegranates, apple honey cake, hot apple cider. No, I don’t think we will lack anything tonight either. We are so blessed!

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We have set the table and decorated it, *one of my very favorite parts!

And we are ready for Chag Sukkot to start. We are ready to start dwelling in booths for seven days, along with the rest of the Jewish people, in Israel and around the world. So that our generations will remember that when our almighty God brought us out of Egypt, He caused us to dwell in booths…

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Tonight we move out to our Sukkah and we’ll live there for the coming week. Yes, eat there, sleep there, entertain there, hang out there. It is a very happy time.

We have been looking forward to this for a long time, – since Sukkot ended last year just about!

Chag Sukkot Sameach, everyone! Have a very happy holiday!

-Te’ena.

Successful Sukkah-craft.

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We are enjoying vacation days from school. Aahhh…wonderful! No rushed mornings! No homework in the afternoon! Instead, we have nice long days that we get to fill however we find fit! What a gift! Today we decided to make miniature sukkot. You know, the little lego-men and princesses also need sukkot!

ImageWe stayed busy with this just about all day! First we made the sukkot themselves from old shoe-boxes that we decorated with colored and patterned paper, cut out drawings and stickers. Then we made furniture from matchboxes, that became beds, chairs, tables etc.

One of the funnest parts was going to get the “zrach”, the branches that make up the roof of the sukkah. We went up the street and picked some wonderful smelling rosemary, that really do look like miniature palm branches!

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We used hot glue to connect the bbq-sticks that support the branches, but I am sure you can do without as well.

And then, when we were done with the crafting-part, they sat in our sukkah and played with their miniature sukkot, literally for hours! It was really nice to just listen from the side to all the happy chit-chat that went on between the lego-men and the princesses who were visiting each other in their sukkot!

ImageI am looking forward to more days like this one! Tomorrow I think we will make some decorations for the real sukkah.

Shalom for now,

-Te´ena.

From joy to joy…

Yom Kippur ended only a few hours ago. I don´t have any photos to show you from this most amazing day (since I keep Shabbat, Yom Tov and obviously Yom Kippur, I among other things don´t use a camera on days like that), but my head is full of fresh mental pictures of quiet car-free streets full of pedestrians and biking children in the middle of the streets. And we all greet each other – Gmar Chatima Tova! – May your name be written in the book of life Tell me, where else does this type of thing happen??

Fresh in my mind is the experience of walking around the neighborhood watching my two dear children on their skateboard and scooter down the street ahead of me, while in my heart praying with the rest of our people Almighty God, please save us! Have mercy on us! Please bring us Life! Please bring us Your Revelation! Then a few hours later, standing in the middle of a huge crowd at the Western Wall, singing with all those around me: Avinu Malkeinu, ase imanu tzdaka ve chesed… ve hoshieinu! – Our Father, Our King, show us mercy and grace… and save us! It all reached it´s top with the great shofar-blows at the end, and you feel yourself overwhelmed with relief, much like if you just finished a marathon… We did it! Baruch Ata Shehechianu…

Considering that Yom Kippur is a strict fast day, it may not be thought of as such a joyful day, but Rabbi Riskin reminded me that it actually is, if you just stop to think about what happens on this day… – Our whole people takes a break and turns towards God and beg Him for forgiveness and salvation! And He forgives us! What greater reason for joy is there?!

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So when I titled this, from joy to joy, Yom Kippur is one of the joys. The next one that we move straight on to, is the building of the sukah! After we have gotten some food and not the least drink in our bodies, we start building our sukahs, – and we can hear the neighbors doing the very same thing! (I´m telling you, there is no place like Yerushalayim!) We just put up the walls and part of the roof tonight, and will add more roof and decorations during the next coming days. So the joy just gets bigger and bigger! And then we move out there Sunday night, for our yearly Sukkot-Camping! These are good times! Life is so good!

Chag sameach to you all! Enter into the JOY!

-Te’ena.

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Shalom og hei!

Så kjekt at du fann vegen hit! =) Blogging er noko heilt nytt for meg, men samstundes noko eg har tenkt på ganske lenge. Eg ser for meg at eg kjem til å trivast med det, i og med at eg er svært glad i å skrive og å ta bilete, – så blogging skulle nok gje meg muligheter til å dele ein kombinasjon av dette med dykk!

Det har vorte ein vane for meg å ha skriving i bakhovudet ganske konstant. Slik at når eg vert begeistra over noko i ein samtale med ei veninne over ein kaffikopp, når eg les noko interessant i avisa eller plutseleg forstår ein djup samanheng eg aldri har sett før, – så tenkjer eg automatisk;- Å, dette må eg skrive om!

Eg har skrive spalter for den norske avisa, Dagen, i tolv år, og no som den perioden er over, prøver eg meg på blogging som eit utløp for behovet mitt for å skrive og dele med omverda av det eg sjølv finn vakkert og meiningsfullt.

Så eg håpar at du vil trivast her saman med meg! Eg set pris på om du vil fylgje bloggen min eller leggje att ein liten kommentar, så eg liksom veit at du var innom… =)

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Shalom for denne gong,

-Te´ena.