In Judaism, at this time of the year, we celebrate the festival holiday of Sukkot. Celebrated on the 15th day of the Jewish month of Tishrei (this varies on our calendar from late September to late October). It comes after the solemn holiday of Yom Kippur.
The holiday lasts 7 days. Throughout the week of Sukkot, meals are eaten in a sukkah (a temporary shelter covered in natural materials, built near a synagogue or house and used especially for meals). In very religious households (not ours!) the men sleep there, although the requirement is waived in case of rain.
The last day of Sukkot is a really exciting day. It's called Simchat Torah and it's the day we take out the Torah scrolls and unroll them.
Well, we read the last part of Deuteronomy
That's the end of the Hebrew bible. Poor Moses...he dies now !
Then the Rabbi starts all over with the reading of Genesis...
In the beginning..
and this custom is repeated year after year.
Then, we rewind the scrolls so they'll be in the correct place for the next reading
and it takes 2 people....who meet up somewhere in the middle...well, not technically ! It's heavily weighted on one side cause we've started over ! It takes a full year to read the entire Torah.
it is also the time when we consecrate the kids...
they get to experience the unique plant & fruits of the harvest...called the lulav & the etrog. These are the three types of branches and one type of fruit which are held together and waved in a special ceremony
we chant the blessing over the wine
we enjoy the various fruits
and now we know it's genuinely Fall
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Tee Hee !!