Sukkot 2014 at BCC

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Here’s what we plan for you for the holiday of Sukkot, which officially starts on October 8 and ends October 15. More on Sukkot

Sunday, October 5 at 10AM: Sukkah Building.
It’s a friendship and building morning, followed by potluck. Drinks provided.

Wednesday, October 8 at 7pm Sukkah Services & Potluck.
Join the BCC Clergy for a Sukkah Service.

Friday, October 10, Shabbat Services & Bring Your Own Dinner in the Sukkah.
So nice, we had to do it twice! Join BCCers in the Sukkah for bring-your-own Shabbat Dinner at 6pm. Services led by the BCC clergy, 8pm. Ashira Weinreich becomes Bat Mitzvah! The Weinreich Family is sponsoring a special oneg to celebrate.

Saturday, October 11 at 5:30 pm: Havdallah and Learning.
BCC, Ikar, Pico Egal and Shtibl are co-sponsoring an afternoon of learning and action at BCC. Find out more about AJWS’s (American Jewish World Service) “We Believe” campaign, focused on promoting the rights of women and girls and LGBT people globally. We’ll explore themes of the Sukkot holiday that connect us to the issues of the campaign and learn more about how each of us can make a difference. The evening closes with Havdalah and a brief opportunity to take immediate action. Please bring something vegetarian to share for the S’eudah Shlishit potluck (last meal of Shabbat) together.

Sunday, October 12, Potluck Brunch in the Sukkah, 11:30am

Tuesday, October 14, Torah Study with Rabbi Edwards in the Sukkah, 7:30pm
Wednesday, October 15, Simchat Torah Celebration! Bring your own Dinner at 6pm. Yizkor service at 6:30pm. Simchat Torah Service at 7pm

More on Sukkot

Sukkot, Succot or Sukkos is one of the Three Pilgrimage Festivals (shalosh regalim) alongside Passover and Shavu’ot, on which the Israelites would make a pilgrimage to the Temple in Jerusalem. The Festival of Sukkot begins on Tishri 15, the fifth day after Yom Kippur. It is quite a drastic transition, from one of the most solemn holidays in our year to one of the most joyous. Sukkot is so unreservedly joyful that it is commonly referred to in Jewish prayer and literature as Z’man Simchateinu, the Season of our Rejoicing.

The holiday lasts seven days in Israel and eight in the diaspora. The first day (and second day in the diaspora) is a Shabbat-like holiday when work is forbidden, followed by intermediate days called Chol Hamoed. The festival is closed with another Shabbat-like holiday called Shemini Atzeret (two days in the diaspora, where the second day is called Simchat Torah, because this is a holiday celebrating the end and beginning of the cycle of weekly Torah readings. )

The Hebrew word sukkōt is the plural of sukkah, “booth” or “tabernacle”, which is a walled structure covered with s’chach (plant material such as overgrowth or palm leaves). The sukkah is intended as a reminiscence of the type of fragile dwellings in which, according to the Torah, the Israelites dwelt during their 40 years of travel in the desert after the the Exodus from slavery in Egypt. Throughout the holiday, meals are eaten inside the sukkah and some people sleep there as well. A sukkah is also for the temporary dwelling in which agricultural workers would live during harvesting.

On each day of the holiday it is mandatory to perform a waving ceremony with the Four Species.
“On the first day, you will take for yourselves a fruit of a beautiful tree, palm branches, twigs of a braided tree and brook willows, and you will rejoice before the L-RD your G-d for seven days.” -Leviticus 23:40

Sources: Wikipedia, Judaism101

Written by Yanir Dekel on Sep 29, 2014 in Worship - No Comments

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