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Celebrating Sukkot joyfully with religious diversity and pluralism

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Unlike the first ten days of Tishrei, from Rosh Hashanah to Yom Kippur, when we may experience a feeling of awe, Sukkot is called “Z’man Simchateinu—A Season for our rejoicing.” Joy is a pleasure we may enjoy, but why is it also a Mitsvah?

The mitzvah of Sukkot is described in Leviticus (23: 33-44) as follows: “On the 15th day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the fruits of the land, you shall observe the feast of the Lord for seven days. On the first day you shall take the fruit of goodly trees (Etrog), branches of palm trees (Lulav), and branches of thick trees (Hadasim) and willows of the brook (Aravot), and rejoice before the Lord your God seven days… Dwell in booths [Sukkot] seven days… So that your generations may know that in booths I made the children of Israel dwell, when I brought them out from the land of Egypt”.


© The Times of Israel (Blogs)

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