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How to Celebrate Sukkot


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Is Sukkot a Jewish holiday?

Jews brought the blessing of Abraham to the whole world. Through the Jewish people, God blessed the whole world. Through the Jewish people, the world learned about the only true God - Jehovah and the Messiah sent by him to the world, which is Yeshua ha-Mashiach.

The Jewish people have nothing of their own - no name, no land, no laws, no king.

God gave them the name, changing the name of Jacob to Israel. They also did not have their own land; God gave it to them. Laws and charters were also given by God on Mount Sinai. God chose them the king, choosing David.

From all this it follows that the Jewish holidays are, in fact, not Jewish holidays, but the holidays of Jehovah.

2 Speak with the sons of Israel and say to them: The feasts of Jehovah, which you must call holy congregations, these are My feasts:

Therefore, calling Sukkot as a Jewish holiday will not be entirely correct. If a non-Jew celebrates Sukkot, he celebrates the feast of Jehovah in a place with His people. One God for all and over all - over Jews and over non-Jews.

The main elements of Sukkot:

  1. On the fifteenth day of the seventh month is the feast of tents.
  2. Pay tribute to Jehovah celebrating the feast of seven days.
  3. The first day of the sacred meeting.
  4. Within seven days to bring sacrifices of consecration (there is a special charter on sacrifices for every day).
  5. On the eighth day, a sacred meeting and a holiday sacrifice
  6. On the fifteenth day, when people are harvesting the autumn crop, one should start celebrating this holiday - start the holiday with peace and end it with peace on the eighth day.
  7. On the first day of the holiday, take certain plants and fruits and make bouquets, wreaths of them as symbols of the holiday.
  8. The holiday has eternal significance.
  9. Each Jew should live in tents for seven days, as a reminder of the dwellings of freedom that the people received by the power of Jehovah, leaving Egypt victorious.

So, the festival of Sukkot is a holiday of the free. Sukka - a tent, a hut, a hut - weak and light buildings, which were the first dwellings of Jews who received freedom.

After the seventh day, on the eighth, when a holiday sacrifice was made, which completed the annual consecration of the people through the holidays. However, the annual consecration, recalls that a person is still under the curse of sin and death accordingly. Therefore, the Levitical priesthood itself is only a teacher who brings people to a perfect priesthood - the priesthood of Mashiach, which ultimately frees a person from the curse of sin and death and grants him the right to eternal life.

Sukkot to Brit Hadash

How Sukkot should be celebrated by Messianic Jews. It must be understood that the Levitical charters were given before the time of Mashiach, with a change in the priesthood, and there must be a change in the charters. And we can easily explain this with simple life examples.

If a Jew lives on the North Pole or in Antarctica or in server countries, then on the Sukkot holiday, terrible frost reigns there. Living in a tent for 7 days is simply unreasonable. The people of that time lived in tents, because the climate allowed there. Where to get the plants and fruits specified in the charter? Again, it all comes down to the geographical area, which at that time was Jewish land and there, this could be done in accordance with the charter. Forcing Jews and non-Jews in northern countries to live according to Levitic charters will not be right. It is impossible to fulfill.

Therefore, the essence of the new Sukkot, renewed by Brit Hadash, is the human body itself.

1 We know that when the Sukkah decays, giving us refuge here on earth, we will receive, forever from the Elohim, the miraculous Sukkah, which will give us shelter in heaven.

2 For in this Sukkah, in our earthly body, we yearn for the desire to find the heavenly Sukkah, which will belong to us.

(2 letters to Corinth 5)

19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Ruach HaCodesh that lives within you, which you received from Elohim? The fact is that you do not belong to yourself,

20 Because they were bought at a high price. Therefore, use your bodies in such a way as to glorify Elohim.

(1 letter to Corinth 6)

How to spend the holiday of Sukkot to the messianic communities is already the decision of each local community, at its discretion, based on climatic conditions. The main essence of the holiday is the words of Shaul:

20 Therefore, my conceited ego no longer lives in me, but Mashiach lives, and, living now in the body, I live the same trust and the same faithfulness of Elohim that the son of Elohim had, who loved me and gave himself for me.

If the Messiah lives in us, then we live in accordance with the Torah, and by this we testify to ourselves that we are free from the curse of sin and death. And our bodies are weak, but holy - they are the pieces of freedom, which, like in the old days, were temporary dwellings, dwellings of wanderers who go to the most beautiful land.

Sukkot is very rich in commandments. There are 7 basic commandments:

1) “sukkah”
The Torah prescribes living for 7 days in a sukkah (hut, booth or tent). There are certain requirements for a sukkah, it should be built only in the open air, if under a canopy, then it is already considered not kosher, it should not be too high and not less than 80 cm ... The roof should be covered with tree branches (usually palm branches) so so that the roof lets the sun through and the stars are visible at night. Branches cannot be tied with rope.

In Sukkah, you need to do absolutely everything the same as at home: study the Torah, eat, sleep and receive guests. Within 7 days it is forbidden to eat or drink outside the sukkah (this does not apply to water). If heavy rain suddenly begins and it does not stop within 3 days, then it is allowed to stop eating in Sukkah.

The festival of Sukkot is celebrated at the time of abundance and summing up material achievements ("collected works of the earth"). A good harvest has been gathered and it is natural that at this time the heart of the farmers is filled with pride in their successes. Therefore, there is a danger that this feeling will lead him to the thought that "my strength and strength of my hand acquired this wealth for me." And precisely at this time, God says to leave the house and live in a hut in order to remind a person that material wealth is transient and their achievement cannot be an end in itself. The Lord, as it were, tells the person who is looking with satisfaction at everything that he has acquired: “just now leave your house - from your warm, reliable fortress, equipped with all amenities - and change it to a shaky temporary dwelling, open to all winds and defenseless against vicissitudes the weather. Know that our whole life in this world is life in a hut covered with leaves that are green today and will fade tomorrow. And your only valuable gain is the knowledge of the Creator and your spiritual enrichment. ”This is a time of trust in the Almighty.

According to Jewish tradition, the commandment of the sukkah does not apply to women, and they are not obliged to eat in a hut. But women who wish to fulfill this commandment on an equal footing with men have the right to do so.

On pre-holidays, you can see children, not even from religious families, who gather palm branches and build something like a bitch near their houses, for them this is a fun adventure on vacation days ... From Yom Kippur to the end of Sukkot in children in schools holidays.

On the eve of the holiday, special bazaars are organized where etrogs, lulavas, palm branches for roofing, fixtures for building and decorating the sukkah are sold. Throughout the country you can see huts - in the yards, in the front gardens, on balconies and verandas, in car parks. No military base is complete without a festive sukkah.

2, 3, 4, 5) “arbaa minim” (four types of plants).

***arava ערבה (famous willow),
***adas הדס (known to us as myrtle),
***lulav לולב, unopened palm branch (the same on which dates grow)
***etrog אתרוג citrus tree fruit (outwardly somewhat reminds a lemon).

The above four types of plants represent the four types of Jews that can be found in everyday life.

Adas - has a pleasant smell, but it has no taste. He is like that Jew who in his life often does good deeds, but does not know at all that these are all mitzvot (commandments) given to the Jewish people at Mount Sinai. Ignorance of him because he does not teach the Torah (he has no taste - spiritual content).

Arava - it has no smell and no taste. It is like the Jews who do not do good deeds and do not teach the Torah.

Lulav - its fruits (dates) have no smell, but have a taste. It is like the Jews who do not do good deeds, but teach the Torah.

Etrog - (fruit of a citrus tree) - it has a taste and a smell. He is like the Jews who do good deeds and teach the Torah.

According to another interpretation, each of the plants is a specific part of the human body.
The etrog is the heart
thin and straight palm leaf - spine,
myrtle with its oval leaves - eyes,
and willow is the mouth.
Taken together, they make up a person devoted wholeheartedly to his Creator.

During prayer, the Jews unite all four types of plants together and this is the only way to fulfill the commandment arba minim. During morning prayer meetings, everyone picks up all these 4 plants and shakes them on 4 sides and proclaim blessings on the people of Israel. This commandment of the four plants reminds the Jews that only by uniting together (those who observe not very well, in bales and without them and those who categorically do not accept the Jewish tradition), only together they are able to stand in this world and defend their right to Existence. It is believed that this is the only way they can fulfill their main mission, which they received from the Creator at Mount Sinai: to correct this world for the better, to eradicate evil and deceit, hatred and envy. Only together - they are a force that no evil can cope with. But for this - all Jews must be together, they must love each other, help each other, wish each other good and do everything for this. That is why Jews around the world support each other, as one big family. This is a good example of unity for all of us.

6) holiday sacrifices,
7) sacrifices expressing festive fun.

The last two commandments were fulfilled only in those times when the Temple existed. Now, due to the absence of the Temple, they are not being fulfilled. In addition, we know that the perfect sacrifice has already been made on Passover.

Sukkot - This is one of the three pilgrimage holidays of the year (also Passover and Shavuot), on which the Torah commands all the sons of Israel to gather in Jerusalem and celebrate them there. Therefore, at this time in Jerusalem, many tourists and pilgrims.

It is believed among Jews that during the holiday of Sukkot, the Most High decides how much water He will send to the earth in the coming year: whether there will be a lot of rain or, God forbid, there will be a drought. There was such a tradition: for seven days in Sukkot, priests carried water in a golden jug from the pool of Siloam. Priests handed a jug of water to another priest, who poured it into a reservoir at the altar. This ritual symbolized a prayer for rain, which began the eighth day (Shmini Atzeret), and indicated the outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Jewish people. The libation of water was accompanied by such fun that the saying arose: “He who has not seen the joy of the libation of water on the altar, has never seen joy in his life.”

This fun today has taken on a form reminiscent of temple fun: nights are celebrated at which special traditional motifs are sung by the choir, and during breaks they proclaim: And in joy you will draw water from the sources of salvation! (Isa. 12: 3).

On the last day of Sukkot, when the water was pouring, we could hear the singing of psalms, the sound of trumpets (shofars), in which the priests trumpeted, and just then that day Jesus proclaimed:
John 7:37 On the last great day of the feast, Yeshua (Jesus) stood and cried out, saying: If anyone is thirsty, come to Me and drink. He who believes in Me, according to the Scripture, rivers of living water will flow from the womb. These things He said of the Spirit, which the believers in Him had to receive: for the Holy Spirit had not yet been on them, because Jesus was not yet glorified. ”The Jews should have understood that it was an outpouring of the Holy Spirit because they knew the traditions ...
The rivers of living water are the Holy Spirit, which we receive today, having believed in Jesus Christ, and it is important for us to draw water from the sources of salvation in joy.

In the courtyard of the Temple there were also golden candlesticks, fifty cubits high (about 25 meters), with four golden bowls at the top, where aromatic oil was poured into jugs. And there was no house in Jerusalem that would not be lit by their high flame. On these nights, contemporaries write, it was so light that women could sort the wheat. It was then that Jesus said: “Again Jesus said [to the people] and said to them: I am the light of the world, whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

It is important for us to survive the revelations of the Jewish holidays, because they talked about Christ, and the proclamation of Christ that He is the Light and that He is the source of living water - it was not something strange, but it was what all the Jewish people had before their eyes ...
Congratulations to all on the holiday of SUKKOT.

Sukkot in Judeo-Christianity

The seventh day of the festival of Sukkot is called Hoshaбаna Rabba (“Great Hoshaná”), which has its own special laws. Every day, men read blessings, holding a lulav and etrog in their hands.

You can neglect some rules (accommodation and eating in Sukkah) in the event of rain or for health reasons.

In the sukkah on the table should be 4 plants: etrog, lulav, myrtle, willow. These plants symbolize people. There are people who observe all the laws of the Torah. They have a "taste." There are people who do good deeds. They have a “smell.” An etrog has both taste and smell. It symbolizes the righteous. Myrtle has a smell, but no taste. Lulav has a taste, but no smell. Willow has no taste or smell.

On Sukkah festival 7 ushpizins (guests) visit: Abraham, Yitzhak, Jacob, David, Moses, Aaron, Yosef.

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