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On exactly the fifteenth day of the seventh month, when you have gathered in the crops of the land, you shall celebrate the feast of the Lord for seven days, with a rest on the first day and a rest on the eighth day. Leviticus 23:39
The Feast of Booths, more commonly known as Tabernacles, is the last feast of the LORD according to Leviticus 23. It is a time of great joy as implied in its other name in Hebrew, Z’man Simchateinu זמן שמחתנו. The High Holy Days are an example of this pattern: We go from repentance (Yom Teruah) to redemption (Yom Kippur) to rejoicing (Sukkot); from sin to salvation; from sorrow to joy; from estrangement to reconciliation; our final destination is God’s tabernacle – His sukkah. Concerning His sukkah (booth/tabernacle), David sang in Psalm 27:5, “For on the day of trouble He will conceal me in His tabernacle; He will hide me in the secret place of His tent; He will lift me up on a rock.”
On the last day of HaChag (The Feast) known as Hoshiana Rabbah הושיעה רבה (Great Salvation), we remember the profound declaration made by Jesus in John 7:
Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink. The one who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’” But this He said in reference to the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.
During this time of great rejoicing, we welcome the Ushpizin or the Guests. These guests are known to be Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Aaron, and David.
The LORD bless and keep you!
חג סוכות שמח
Chag Sukkot Sameach