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Tag Archives: Judaism

Sukkot (Feast of Tabernacles) guide for the perplexed

1. Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles (in Hebrew – named after the first stop in the Exodus, the town of Sukkota (סכותה), Exodus 13:20 and Numbers 33:3-5 – commemorates the transition of the Jewish people from bondage in Egypt to sovereignty in the Land of Israel, from nomadic life in the desert to permanence in the Promised Land, from oblivion ...

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Renewal of the Eternal Covenant on Rosh Hashana

The chapter Nitzavim, Standing, is always read before Rosh Hashana, the New Year, to signal us that the covenant that is described in it is not a personal affair but a national affair. And the question is what is the essence of Rosh Hashana? And what is the meaning of this covenant? Is this covenant like an agreement made between ...

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Rosh Hashanah guide for the perplexed

1. Rosh Hashanah is one of four Jewish New Years: (a) Rosh Hashanah, the anniversary of the Creation, the beginning of the Jewish civil calendar (5,777) and the seasons, the setting of the Sabbatical (7th) and the Jubilee (15th) years and the figuring of the annual tithe (10%) on vegetable and grains; (b) the first day of the month of ...

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