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
Our Sukkah is up.
We have made decorations and hung them.
We have invited guests to come and celebrate with us, to sit in our sukkah, to dwell in our booth with us.
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!
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…
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!