Torah: Ha’Azinu (Deuteronomy 32:1-52)
Haftarah: (II Samuel 22:1-51)
Erev Sukkot Will be on Sunday night
(Kindle your candles with the ending, “Shel Yom Tov”) , Kiddush and Hamotzi
First Day of Sukkot is Monday, October 10, 2022/15 Tishrei 578
The Torah portion of Ha’azinu is the song of Moses, providing a final review of Israel’s history. Moses is told to climb Mount Nebo, from which he will be able to see the Land of Israel. There he will die, without entering the land.
Remember the days of old. In his poetic declaration to the Israelites, Moses tells the people to remember the days of old, and consider the days of ages past
(Deuteronomy 32:7). Rashi suggests that we should remember and consider history in order to be conscious of what may happen in the future. Others suggest that studying history and remembering it will help us to shape future events in a way that will not repeat the disasters of the past. As George Santayana once wrote: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to fulfill it.”
Tzidduk Hadin…Moses declares that all ways of G-d are just and righteous (Deuteronomy 33:4). This means that suffering and even death must be accepted as demonstrations of G-d’s righteousness. A declaration to that effect (called tzidduk hadin) is part of the Jewish funeral. Upon hearing of the death of someone traditionally Jews say, “Baruch Dayan Emet/ Blessed be the True Judge.”
Each year I build my sukkah, I reflect on the holiday season drawing to a close. I am grateful for the multitude of congregation’s volunteers who made a significant investment of time working towards providing a meaningful High Holiday experience.
Last but certainly not the least, I would also like to thank you, the members of our congregation, for sharing yourselves in participating and enriching the spiritual feeling in these High Holiday experiences.
Kol Kavod! Job well done! All of you performed;Hiddur Mitzvot/ when one enhances the Commandments and righteous actions.
The sukkah is a hut in which we dwell for the entire eight days, with the shaking of the Lulav (palm, 2 aravot/willow branches from Israel and 3 hadasim/myrtle branches and the Etrog (the citron) the Four Species.
After Yom Kippur, the Jewish people start to set up the sukkah and decorate.
If you are going to visit our home to celebrate the Festival of Sukkot on
Monday, October 10th at 4PM, please let Ellen Nathan know for further information. You will be able to help enhance the beauty of the Sukkot holiday by shaking the Lulav and Etrog, reciting a prayer, and doing the mitzvot of B’Shevat HaSukkah (dwelling in the sukkah) under the Shkahk (open roof).
Shabbat Shalom v’ cHag ha-Asif- The Ingathering/ Harvest Festival
Shemini Atzeret – The Eighth Day of Sukkot
Rabbi Helene Ainbinder