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Sukkot

Sukkot

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Sukkot in Harford County 


 
This year, Chabad of Harford County will provided the community with quality and affordable Lulav and Etrog Sets for purchase. We'll assemble the sets for you, and even give you a pointer on how to do the mitzva if you need.
 
A community dinner under the stars. Unity is palpable as we sing, laugh and enjoy a wonderful evening. You won’t want to miss it.
 
Join together with fellow Jewish women for an inspiring discussion group, Torah and Tea offers study, camaraderie, hot tea, and delicious refreshments in the Sukkah!
 
Warm your body and soul, savor the spirit of Sukkot and enjoy a sampling of a variety of delicious soups & salads. This event is free and open to the entire Jewish community.
 
Sukkah fun for all! Pony Rides, Edible crafts, Sukkos arts and crafts. Fun Friends and More!
Sukkot Guide
 
Virtually everything you need to know about the holiday of Sukkot: How-To Guides, Sukkah and “Four Kinds” Wizards, Essays and Insights, Recipes, Stories, Multimedia, and much more!

Sukkos in a Nutshell

For forty years, as our ancestors traversed the Sinai Desert, following the Exodus from Egypt, miraculous "clouds of glory" surrounded and hovered over them, shielding them from the dangers and discomforts of the desert. Ever since, we remember G‑d's kindness and reaffirm our trust in His providence by dwelling in a sukkah--a hut of temporary construction with a roof covering of branches—for the duration of the Sukkot festival (on the Jewish calendar Tishrei 15-21). For seven days and nights, we eat all our meals in the sukkah and otherwise regard it as our home.

Another Sukkot observance is the taking of the Four Kinds: an etrog(citron), a lulav (palm frond), three hadassim (myrtle twigs) and two aravot (willow twigs). On each day of the festival (excepting Shabbat), we take the Four Kinds, recite a blessing over them, bring them together in our hands and wave them in all six directions: right, left, forward, up, down and backward. Our sages in the midrash tell us that the Four Kinds represent the various types and personalities that comprise the community of Israel, whose intrinsic unity we emphasize on Sukkot.

Sukkot is also called The Time of Our Joy; indeed, a special joy pervades the festival. nightly Water-Drawing Celebrations, reminiscent of the evening-to-dawn festivities held in the Holy Temple in preparation for the drawing of water for use in the festival service, fill the synagogues and streets with song, music and dance until the wee hours of the morning.

The seventh day of Sukkot is called Hoshaana Rabbah ("Great Salvation") and closes the period of Divine judgment begun on Rosh Hashanah. A special observance is the aravah--the taking of a bundle of willow branches.

See also How is Sukkot Observed? An Overview of Sukkot's Traditions and Customs and our Complete Sukkot Guide

 

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