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

19 October 2011

Sukkot day 7 - Hoshanah Rabbah

Feather, J.Stahl
Numbers 29:26-34

The seventh (and last) day of Sukkot is called Hoshana Rabbah (the Great Salvation), a climactic day of praise to [HaShem] that was viewed by the rabbis as following the sequence of Yom Kippur. Rosh Hashanah judgement is presented, Yom Kippur judgement is sealed, Hoshana Rabbah judgement is delivered.
On the seventh day of the feast, the Temple water-pouring ceremony, which is performed each morning throughout the week, takes on great importance. Jewish tradition holds that it is on this day that G-d decides whether there will be rain for the next year’s crops. Instead of three silver-trumpet blasts, there are seven sets of three blasts.
Rather than one circuit around the altar, the priests make seven  circuits. It is during this ceremony that Yeshua stands up and  shouts, “If anyone is thirsty, he should come to Me and drink!..."
This is also when the Torah Scrolls are "rewound" to Genesis