This is not just a fairy tale. The High Holiday season, "the Season of our Joy" is quickly drawing to a close. Our tradition tells us that the holiday of Sukkot has a special connection not only with the Jewish people but with the whole world. In the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, everyday of Sukkot special offerings were brought on behalf of all the nations of the world. the Talmud even tells us that in the days of the Messiah, the non-Jewish people will want to begin celebrating Sukkot. in a sense, it is a very universal holiday. But after these seven days, the commentators tell us, G-d isn't quite ready for us to leave him. He begs the Jews, his closest family, to remain one last day with him.
and together we celebrate that which makes G-d and his people close. The Torah.
This is the holiday of Shemeini Atzeret and Simchas Torah, which begins tonight and ends Friday night. This is the grand finale to everything which began before Rosh Hashanah. The last day before we re immerse ourselves in the normal, mundane world. The previous Lubavitcher Rebbe, Rabbi Yosef Schneerson, taught that during these forty-eight hours, we can collect bucket-fulls of spirituality and inspiration for the coming year.
I wish everyone a Chag Sameiach, as we prepare to spend the next two days dancing and singing with G-d, rejoicing in Him and His Torah.
I want to thank everyone who joined us for meals during Sukkot, and those who attended our Sukkot Party last Sunday. It was a wonderful event.
Beginning in a few weeks, I will be offering a weekly class on the Torah portion. Please let me know if you would be interested in attending. More information will follow.
Wishing you and your family a Chag Sameiach,