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Celebrate Sukkot with Chabad

Thursday, September 27, 2018

Looking for a family fun event on the Holiday of Sukkot?  Chabad of Southern Nevada has the answer for you!  We will be hosting a Grand Sukkot Celebration on Thursday, September 27 from 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM at the Downtown Container Park on Fremont Street. Admission is free, and the event includes a special children’s juggling show, music & dancing, free Sukkot T-shirt giveaways and a lot more fun! Plus there is a huge children's treehouse for great climbing adventure! It is truly a celebration you don’t want to miss.

There is a long history of celebration during the Sukkot Holiday.  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.

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Have a Happy Sukkot!