Mere hours after Yom Kippur comes to an end, sounds of building and banging can be heard in Jewish communities around the world as Jews begin to build their temporary shelter known as a sukkah.
Five days after Yom Kippur, they inhabit their sukkah for an entire week as they celebrate the biblical holiday of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles (which falls on October 17 this year). This holiday connects the inspiration and introspection of the recent High Holy Days with their everyday living. It is a time of celebration and the only holiday on which they are explicitly commanded to be joyful.
In our Limmud study, we will explore the joy surrounding the sukkah and learn what it has to teach us about living a happy, contented life.
As we conclude the intense time period that began on the Jewish New Year (Rosh Hashanah) and ends upon the conclusion of Sukkot, this message of joy is an important teaching that will accompany us throughout the coming year. We hope you will join us as we learn these lessons — and the secret of a joy-filled life — together.