I have longed for thy salvation, O L-RD; and thy Torah is my delight. Let my soul live, and it shall praise thee; and let thy judgments help me. I have gone astray like a lost sheep; seek thy servant; for I do not forget thy commandments. Psalm 119:174-176

13 October 2011

Sukkot day 1

Feather, J.Stahl
Leviticus 22:26-23;44
Numbers 29:12-29:16
Zecheriah 14:1-21
John 1:10-14
Revelation 7:1-10, 21:1-4
  Psalms 113-118 (all week)

The four species are also held and waved during the Hallel prayer in religious services, and are held during processions around the bimah (the pedestal where the Torah is read) called hakafot each day during the holiday. These processions commemorate similar processions around the altar of the ancient Temple in Jerusalem. This part of the service is known as Hoshanot, because while the procession is made, we recite a prayer with the refrain, "Hosha na!" (please save us!). On the seventh day of Sukkot, seven circuits are made. For this reason, the seventh day of Sukkot is known as Hoshanah Rabbah (the great Hoshanah).
From Judaism 101

The sukkah is called by our sages, "refuge of faith." As is the shelter that comes from faith and trust in G-d, and every Israelite may be entitled to this by dwelling in the sukkah.
-Rabbi Eliyahu Kitov