Friday, September 28, 2018

Sukkot and Simchat Torah

Sukkot Laubhütte

Jewish believers meet six days a day in the Tabernacles for at least one common meal. This is a simple, homemade hut with at least three walls and a twig roof.

The Feast of Tabernacles has two meanings: First, it expresses the joy and thanksgiving for the harvest that the earth has produced. Therefore, a common meal should be taken in the hut.

On the other hand, the hut stands for the 40-year journey of the people of Israel through the desert before they were allowed to enter the promised land. The people lived in tents and huts and were exposed to deprivation and danger. A good reason to reflect today on the situation of refugees and their reasons for fleeing.

The holiday cycle ends on the 9th day with Simchat Tora (Torah joy). The annual reading of the Torah is finished and will be immediately restarted. It is a great feast of joy during which the Torah rolls, on which the 5 books of Moses are written, are carried through the synagogue.